Most deaths related to non-cardiac surgery occur outside operating room, finds studyBMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4922 (Published 29 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4922
- Barbara Kermode-Scott
- Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Most deaths related to non-cardiac surgery occur in the recovery period (after surgery and after discharge from hospital), not during surgery, a large multicentre, international, prospective cohort study has found.
The Vascular Events in Non-cardiac Surgery Patients Cohort Evaluation (VISION) study found that 0.7% of deaths of adult patients who underwent non-cardiac surgery occurred in the operating room and 99.3% occurred after the procedure, with 29% occurring after discharge from hospital. The findings were reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.1
Death after surgery is …