Category: Research Updates

Prediction of Patient Deterioration on the General Care Floor and its Implications for Critical Care – A Special Series on Perioperative Patient Safety
by Ashish K. Khanna MD, FCCP, FCCM*

While anesthesia-related intraoperative mortality is rare, all-cause postoperative mortality, defined as death within the first 30 days of surgery, remains common. Overall, 30-day postoperative morality occurs in approximately 1-2% of all patients—approximately 1,000 times more frequently than anesthesia-related intraoperative mortality.

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Defining and Defending a Blood Pressure in the Operating Room & Intensive Care Unit
by Ashish K. Khanna MD., FCCP., FCCM

Despite surgical patients presenting to the operating room (OR) sicker than ever before, the intraoperative period has, paradoxically, become far safer. Current estimates of intraoperative mortality are less than 1 in 100,000 patients. However, 30-day postoperative mortality is still significant at 1-2%, a fact that suggests that if 30-day postop mortality were considered a disease, it would be the third leading cause of death in the United States.

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