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Complications more likely when doctors don't do enough surgeries
Complications more likely when doctors don't do enough surgeries

Patients who have complex surgeries at hospitals where the procedures are not performed regularly put themselves at greater risk for complications including death, according to new research by U.S. News & World Report. The data released earlier this month shows the complication rate for five common procedures was significantly higher at so-called low-volume hospitals. About 11,000 deaths might have been prevented nationally if patients who had gone to the lowest-volume hospitals went to the highest volume hospitals instead, according to analysis of the data by Dr. John Birkmeyer from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, who has studied the effects of patient volume. To combat the problem,...

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