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Surgical resident involvement may improve outcomes

Residency Program Insider, November 20, 2015

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An analysis of more than a million surgeries performed from 2008 to 2013 found that those in which the attending surgeons were assisted by a resident resulted in a slightly lower mortality rate within 30 days of the procedures.

Using data from the American College of Surgeons database on patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery, researchers identified 750,000 procedures that had resident involvement and found that those patients were 7% less likely to die if they were operated on by a surgeon and residents than those who were operated on by just a surgeon. However, cardiac and respiratory complications were more common following surgeries with resident involvement.

Source: Reuters



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