Journal Article

A patient safety dilemma: obesity in the surgical patient.

Goode V; Phillips E; DeGuzman P; Hinton I; Rovnyak V; Scully K; Merwin E.

Postoperative complications are key measures of surgical safety and quality. This analysis of electronic health record data found that AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators of surgical complications were more common in patients with obesity. The authors suggest that systems approaches are needed to mitigate surgical risk for patients with obesity.