Journal Article

Surgeon-specific mortality data disguise wider failings in delivery of safe surgical services.

Westaby S; De Silva R; Petrou M; Bond S; Taggart D.

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.