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Journal Article

Importance of teamwork, communication and culture on failure-to-rescue in the elderly.

Ghaferi AA, Dimick JB. The British journal of surgery. 2016;103:e47-51.

Failure-to-rescue is considered a potential contributing factor in the wide variations in surgical mortality rates. This review explored the evidence regarding the surgical mortality of older patients and found system factors that affected failure-to-rescue rates, including safety culture and access to technology. The authors suggest that teamwork and communication improvement can help reduce failure-to-rescue in this patient population.