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Study: Duty hour restriction leads to higher rate of spine surgery complications

Residency Program Insider, October 3, 2014

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Examining data for patients who underwent spine surgery when residents were present, researchers found that the overall rate of complications rose slightly after the ACGME implemented duty hour restrictions in 2003.
 
The findings, recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, compared the rate of complication for spine surgeries from 2000 to 2002 and 2005 to 2008. The overall complication rate prior to the reform was 8.4% and increased to 8.7% afterwards.
 
The researchers also examined overall mortality rates and found no significant differences between the pre- and post-reform periods.
 
Source: Journal of Neurosurgery



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