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Research Letter
July 26, 2017

Role of Preventability in Redefining Failure to Rescue Among Major Trauma Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harbor–UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Hospital, Torrance
JAMA Surg. Published online July 26, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2351

Failure to rescue (FTR) is defined as death after a major complication1 and has been adopted as a measure of quality in surgical patients. Current definitions of FTR are limited because they do not account for the influence of preventability on mortality. The aim of this study was to examine the association of preventability with rates of FTR among patients with major trauma.

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