The Challenge of Small Numbers to the Contemporary Excellence of Elective Specialty Surgery

Polk, Hiram C.
November 2006
American Surgeon;Nov2006, Vol. 72 Issue 11, p1043
Academic Journal
The article emphasizes the value of elective surgery as a marker for the quality of medical practice. It defines elective operation as a surgery that is often associated with an outcome that can be determined in a few weeks or months at most, with the patient returning to his or her desired lifestyle in improved health. It reports on the outcome of colorectal surgery from 1997 through 2004. It emphasizes the need for surgeons to control preventable deaths after elective surgery.


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