Patients Requiring Emergency Surgery at Risk, Say Surgeons

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Of particular note is that the problem is not due to the lack of facilities themselves but rather their availability.  This problem has lead to patients undergoing surgery too late due to lack of appreciation of the extent of the emergency. Also highlighted is a lack of appropriate critical care following surgery.

The report shows that about 170,000 patients undergo non-cardiac emergency operations each year and of those, 100,000 will develop complications and 25,000 of these patients will die. Abdominal surgery has one of the highest mortalities, which can reach 50% in the over 80s, the report says.Read more here 

Sam Ward
Nurse Adviser and Medical Researcher - Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Team

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