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Computer algorithm illuminates need of high-volume hospitals and standard care for transplant patients

from ScienceDaily

Using the results from a computerized mathematical model, Johns Hopkins researchers investigated whether they could improve heart and lung transplantation procedures by transferring patients from low-volume to high-volume transplant centers. Investigators have long observed a positive relationship between a high operative volume and improved patient outcomes across a variety of surgical procedures, meaning that the more times a medical center does a particular surgery, the better its patients do overall. The new study, published in the American Journal of Transplantation on September 12, was the first to investigate this trend for heart and lung transplant patients on a national level, the Johns Hopkins team says. more

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