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New ACS NSQIP® Surgical Risk Calculator offers personalized estimates of surgical complications

According to a study that will appear in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons later this year, the new ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Surgical Risk Calculator uses highly detailed and accurate data collected from nearly 400 hospitals and 1.4 million patients to develop a universal risk calculator that covers more than 1,500 unique surgical procedures across multiple specialties.

Figure 1. Adverse outcomes

Symptoms of normal recovery or complication: The risks of postoperative care

Although patients are exposed to many risks in the preoperative phase of care (diagnosis and treatment selection) and during a procedure, the authors of this article found that some of the most dangerous risks exist in the postoperative stage. This article focuses on claims against surgeons that arose from care provided in the postoperative period, explores the causes and effects of postoperative complications, and describes lessons learned from the study and offers recommendations on steps to take to avoid unnecessary litigation.


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