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Most hospitals don't meet watchdog group's safe volume thresholds for high-risk surgeries

from Healthcare Dive

Evidence collected over several decades suggests that patients who undergo certain high-risk surgeries achieve a better outcome when the procedure is performed by an experienced surgeon at a higher-volume hospital. A higher rate of errors, complications and deaths is associated with hospitals that perform lower volumes of the procedures. A 2015 analysis by U.S. News and World Report found that about 11,000 deaths might have been prevented over a three-year period if patients who went to low-volume hospitals had instead gone to the highest-volume hospitals for their procedure. more


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