Emergency general surgery (EGS) represents a growing area for quality improvement initiatives owing to the immense burden of disease and contribution to overall surgical morbidity in the United States. In this issue of JAMA Surgery, Ross and colleagues1 report on the almost 2-fold increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) after emergency surgery of the gallbladder, ventral hernias, and colon compared with elective counterparts. The absolute risk of VTE in each operative category by emergency status was not reported but would help shed some light on which patients are at higher absolute risk.
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Murphy PB, Haut ER. Venous Thromboembolism in Emergency General Surgery Patients—A Call to Action to Improve Data, Clinical Care, and Patient Outcomes. JAMA Surg. Published online April 29, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0434
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