This retrospective cohort study evaluates differences across hospitals in the costs of care for patients surviving perioperative complications after major inpatient surgery.
This decision analytic study models different techniques for reducing the cost of complex surgery performed at safety-net hospitals.
This comparative effectiveness analysis assesses the association between the implementation of surgical safety checklists and all-cause 90- and 30-day mortality among patients undergoing noncardiac surgery.
This study reports that rigorous risk-adjusted surgical quality assessment can be performed solely with objective variables. By leveraging data already routinely collected for patient care, this approach allows for wider adoption of quality assessment systems in health care.
Morris et al determine the timing of postoperative complications with respect to hospital discharge and the frequency of readmission stratified by predischarge vs postdischarge occurrence of complications. See also the invited commentary by Hechenbleikner and Wick.
Hall and colleagues identified live liver donors in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample to determine generalizable estimates for postoperative complications following donor hepatectomy and to explore patient- and hospital-level factors associated with complications.
Tran Cao et al study trends in the use of minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy and compare the short-term outcomes of minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy with those of open distal pancreatectomy.
Hicks et al identify factors associated with 3- vs 2-stage ileal pouch–anal anastomosis surgery for active ulcerative colitis and determine their impact on surgical outcomes.
This prospective study from the Washington State Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program describes the thromboembolic complications and contemporary venous thromboembolism prophylaxis patterns in 16 115 consecutive patients undergoing colorectal surgery.
This observational study evaluates the costs associated with surgical quality and the relative financial burden on hospitals and payers.