Perioperative mortality, long-term survival improved with hospital volume

Harris, Jason
October 2008
Hem/Onc Today;10/25/2008, Vol. 9 Issue 19, p55
The article discusses research being done on the relationship between perioperative mortality and hospital volume. It references a study published in a 2008 issue of "The Journal of Clinical Oncology." It was found that patients did better at higher-volume medical centers, whether those centers were focused on perioperative mortality or long-term survival. The risk for death after colon and gastric resections at the lowest-volume centers was 10 percent higher than at the busiest hospitals and 29 percent higher for patients with esophageal cancer.


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