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Most deaths related to non-cardiac surgery occur outside operating room, finds study

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 29 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4922
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 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 …

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