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This chart review study found that most perioperative deaths were not due to surgical error and advocates for focusing on failure to rescue rather than surgeon-specific mortality data in public reporting. The authors believe that emphasizing failure to rescue can promote a systems approach to reduce surgical mortality rates.
Surgical adverse events: a systematic review.
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Composite measures for profiling hospitals on bariatric surgery performance.
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Communication in the operating theatre.
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