Adverse events in children having surgery are common and need investigation, study concludes

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 06 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5314
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Toronto

Children are more likely to experience adverse events when treated in teaching hospitals (11.2%) than in community hospitals (3.3%), shows a study from Canada.1

The proportion of adverse events was highest in children undergoing surgery (35% of patients), followed by medical patients (30%), and children in intensive care (13%). Emergency and maternal or obstetric adverse events were more common in community hospitals, while surgical and intensive care events were more common in academic centres.

The study’s principal investigator, Anne Matlow, said that the research was carried out …

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