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Quality Care, Not Number of Procedures, Determines Bypass Results
Date:4/22/2008

ector of interventional cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, said the death rate from cardiac bypass surgery has dropped because the procedure has become standardized and surgeons feel comfortable performing it.

"Volume used to play a major role, but now it turns out to be that volume may not be that important," Sharma said. "More important are protocols and systems that you put in place that really make a change in the outcome in mortality. People have put protocols in place that improve outcomes, whether it's a low-volume center or a high-volume center."

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SOURCES: Rocco Ricciardi, M.D., Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Mass., and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., professor, cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; Samin Sharma, M.D., director of interventional cardiology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City; April 2008 Archives of Surgery


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