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Comment & Response
July 2014

Failure to Rescue

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, St Mary’s Hospital, London, England
  • 2Department of Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia
JAMA Surg. 2014;149(7):747. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.586

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.