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Journal Article

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

Westaby S, De Silva R, Petrou M, et al. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery. 2015;47:341-5.

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.