A new method of auditing surgical mortality rates: application to a group of elderly general surgical patients.

@article{Seymour1982ANM,
  title={A new method of auditing surgical mortality rates: application to a group of elderly general surgical patients.},
  author={David Gwyn Seymour and Robt. Pringle},
  journal={British medical journal},
  year={1982},
  volume={284 6328},
  pages={1539-42}
}
In a prospective study of 505 patients aged 65 years or over admitted to a general surgical unit the overall hospital mortality rate was 14.5% and the postoperative mortality rate 12.0%. These rates fell to 3.6% and 5.8% respectively when deaths in non-viable patients were excluded from the analysis. An audit of surgical outcome that fails to identify non-viable patients is therefore potentially misleading. A standardised system of reporting surgical mortality is proposed to aid the comparison… CONTINUE READING

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