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To the Editor A growing body of evidence implicates failure to rescue after surgery (ie, patient death following postoperative complication) in a significant proportion of the variability seen in surgical outcomes.1,2 Whereas research to date has demonstrated associations between a range of factors and failure to rescue, conclusive causal factors underlying such failures in postoperative care have yet to be identified.
Pucher PH, Aggarwal R. Failure to Rescue. JAMA Surg. 2014;149(7):747. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.586