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Hospitals are Sub Standard for Riskiest Surgeries

Steve Wagner

It’s not every day that you or a loved one go under the knife for a major, life-saving surgery, but it is every day that hospitals are performing these surgeries, preparing for them, training staff for them, and helping patients recover after them.

The problem is, for some of the riskiest surgeries, many hospitals are not truly equipped to handle the needs of their patients, and the only ones to suffer for it are the patients themselves.

In a recent study done by Leapfrog, a non-profit patient safety organization, the data from the top four riskiest surgeries was analyzed from over 1500 hospitals. What Leapfrog discovered was that with the data they analyzed, there was an average “survival rate” for each of the four surgeries, and that most hospitals did not stack up against the average survival rates.

The four riskiest surgeries include the pancreatectomy (removing part or all of the pancreas), the esophagectomy (removing part or all of the esophagus), a repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, and the replacement of a heart’s aortic valve. Leapfrog found that for these four surgeries, it really does benefit a patient to research the hospital where they plan to have surgery, and in many cases, choose a different hospital.

Leapfrog determined that each hospital should have approximately a 91% survival rate for these surgeries, and even higher for some. However, only a fraction of the hospitals analyzed actually met these standards. You can see the full results of the study and they numbers they analyzed from Reuters.

Have you had surgery at a hospital that fell below national standards? If so, were you injured or harmed in the process? The law offices of Wagner Reese are here to assist you with any medical malpractice or negligence you may have experienced, and we want to help you get on the road to recovery, both physically and financially. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 if we can assist you or answer any of your questions.


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