Risks higher at smaller hospitals

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 19, 2015

Patients seeking elective surgeries at smaller hospitals in rural locations may be at higher risk for complications than patients seeking the same surgeries at larger, urban hospitals according to U.S. News & World Report.

Elective surgeries such as hip and knee replacements are common at many large hospitals, but they’re not as routine at smaller hospitals because the surgical staff simply doesn’t have as much practice on these procedures as their counterparts at larger hospitals.

The article states that approximately 11,000 deaths may have been prevented between 2010 and 2012 had patients gone to larger, high-volume hospitals.

Read the full article here.