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Invited Commentary
June 2016

Revisiting Nursing’s Effect on Surgical Quality and Cost

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 3Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 4School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(6):536-537. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.4918

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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