Surgeries at European Hospitals Adding Up More to Death Rate

Surgeries at European Hospitals Adding Up More to Death RateFindings in a recent study suggest that surgeries conducted at the hospitals in Europe might be twice the number of deaths encountered in the hospital than previously presumed.

Recently revealed figures collected from 500 different hospitals run across 28 countries in Europe, highlighted a post-operative death rate to be 4%, which is more than twice the rates assumed earlier.

In case of Britain, the rate was accounted to be 3.6%, while earlier studies suggested the figure to be 1.6%. Moreover, variations existed depending upon the countries, with Iceland accounting for 1.2%, in case of Latvia, it was
21.5%.

The recent study published in The Lancet medical journal, included over 46,000 general surgery patients who were analyzed in terms of their recovery and how quick they progressed for up to two months.

Study Leader Dr. Rupert Pearse, from Queen Mary, University of London, said: "Nearly three-quarters of patients who died were never admitted to intensive care. Failure to allocate critical care resources to patients at greatest risk of death is a serious public health concern for patients".

Further, the study emphasized that in Poland, Latvia and Romania accounted for the European countries, in which the patients were at highest risk of dying.

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