John Lovegrove

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BACKGROUND Conventional assessment of the outcome of cardiac surgery usually takes the form of retrospective mortality figures and, at best, indicates an average performance over time. Summary tables conceal good and bad runs, and without risk adjustment they are difficult to interpret. We developed a refinement of the cumulative sum method that weights(More)
OBJECTIVE Several methods exist for estimating the risk of perioperative mortality based on preoperative risk factors; graphical methods such as the variable life adjusted display (VLAD) can be used to examine how an individual surgeon's performance for a series of operations fares against what would be expected, given the case mix. This study aimed to(More)
BACKGROUND A public inquiry into surgery for paediatric congenital heart defects in Bristol, UK, underscored the need for reliable data on overall mortality rates, which would allow assessment of individual surgeons' performance. We aimed to gather and report such data for 1 year to provide information for clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and the(More)
This case report describes the rare complication of necrotising fasciitis of the right thigh and calf after drainage of an ischiorectal abscess. The important early symptoms and signs of this life threatening infection, and the need for urgent treatment with aggressive surgical debridement and broad spectrum antibiotics, are emphasised in order to(More)
INTRODUCTION This is a review of elective rectal cancer surgery during 1993-1999 at a single district general hospital to investigate the variables that affected the care of these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective study of patients presenting with rectal adenocarcinoma to a district general hospital where total mesorectal excision was(More)
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