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Study reveals differences in post-operative complications
Date:9/27/2013

. J. Margo Brooks Carthon.

The investigators also found differences between blacks, Hispanics, and whites that persisted after accounting for hospital and patient characteristics were different for male and female patients. "Older black and Hispanic patients admitted to hospitals for common surgeries have a disproportionately higher risk of developing complications. The risk of developing certain post-surgical complications, however, differs for men and women -- even men and women of the same ethnic and racial backgrounds," explained Dr. Brooks Carthon.

The findings demonstrate the need to improve surgical safety and quality, particularly for older minority patients who are often sicker going into surgery and thereby at greater risk for complications. "Our study also suggests the need for further evaluation of patient risk factors prior to surgery and more vigilant surveillance of patients following operative procedures," said Dr. Brooks Carthon.


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