Patient characteristics, type of procedure may influence chance of "never event" occurring after surgery

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

February 17, 2010

A study published in the February 2010 Archives of Surgery shows that the occurrence of post-surgical "never events" may depend more on patient and disease characteristics than on error in treating the patient. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has a list of never events it considers hospital-acquired and will not reimburse hospitals when any of those events do occur. Surgical site infections are considered a "never event."

The study analyzed 890,000 surgeries that occurred at more than 1,300 hospitals between 2002 and 2005, reports MedPage Today. Patients underwent one of the following procedures: colon resection, coronary artery bypass grafting, total hip replacement, abdominal hysterectomy, and aortofemoral bypass. Researchers found that both patient and procedural factors influenced post-surgical complication rates.

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