20/05/2013

Concerns Raised Over Post-Surgery Mortality

Irish patients have a higher risk of death after surgery, a Lancet study has suggested.

Cathal Kelly, Royal College of Surgeons Chief Executive Professor, has said the college is very alarmed and concerned at the findings, RTÉ have reported.

It is understood that following the study a new “twin-track” approach has been established to tackle the findings.

A retrospective study is to look at the patients identified in the study alongside a new national post-surgery mortality audit to be established in 2014.

RTÉ quote Mr Kelly as saying: "We're currently going back to the very same hospitals, at the very same time period, looking at outcomes in depth and doing a root cause analysis.

"We intend to publish the study this year and make public any recommendations," he said.

(MH)


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