Improvements in surgical safety remain an important focus of hospitals and clinicians. With nearly 100 000 patients dying per year in the United States after undergoing elective surgery and mortality rates varying from 2-fold to 10-fold across hospitals,1-3 excess surgical mortality qualifies as a significant public health problem. Unfortunately, the precise means to improve surgical safety remain elusive.
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