Journal Article

Association between night-time surgery and occurrence of intraoperative adverse events and postoperative pulmonary complications.

Cortegiani A; Gregoretti C; Neto AS; Hemmes SNT; Ball L; Canet J; Hiesmayr M; Hollmann MW; Mills GH; Melo MFV; Putensen C; Schmid W; Severgnini P; Wrigge H; Gama de Abreu M; Schultz MJ; Pelosi P; LAS VEGAS Investigators; PROVE Network; Clinical Trial Network of the European Society of Anaesthesiology.

This study found that patients undergoing surgery at night were more likely to develop intraoperative adverse events, even after adjustment for patient and procedural characteristics. The observed increase in postoperative pulmonary complications was explained by the type of surgery and underlying patient characteristics. This study adds to the body of evidence on risks associated with care outside of usual working hours.