Surgery Delays Increase Death Rates

Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital have found that patients whose emergency surgeries end up being delayed face an increased rate of death.  A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows patients who didn’t get into the O.R. within a  standard time frame had a roughly 5 percent chance of dying.  That’s about 60 percent higher than the likelihood for patients who got into surgery without delay.  The delayed-surgery patients also had to stay in hospital about a day longer, costing the hospital more money. (The Canadian Press)

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