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Failure to Rescue

Philip H. Pucher, MD, MRCS1; Rajesh Aggarwal, MD, PhD, MA, FRCS2
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1Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, St Mary’s Hospital, London, England
2Department of Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia
JAMA Surg. 2014;149(7):747. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.586.
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To the Editor A growing body of evidence implicates failure to rescue after surgery (ie, patient death following postoperative complication) in a significant proportion of the variability seen in surgical outcomes.1,2 Whereas research to date has demonstrated associations between a range of factors and failure to rescue, conclusive causal factors underlying such failures in postoperative care have yet to be identified.

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July 1, 2014
Jeffrey H. Silber, MD, PhD
1Center for Outcomes Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania2Departments of Pediatrics and of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia3Department of Health Care Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia4Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Surg. 2014;149(7):747-748. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.589.
July 1, 2014
Amir A. Ghaferi, MD, MS; Andrew A. Gonzalez, MD, JD, MPH
1Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor2Department of Surgery, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, Chicago
JAMA Surg. 2014;149(7):748-749. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.592.
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