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June 1958

Factors Concerned in Incidence of Death in 2186 Cases of Pulmonary Resection

Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis.
From the Department of Anesthesiology (Drs. DeKornfeld and Bamforth) and the Department of Surgery (Dr. Gale), University of Wisconsin Medical School. Present address of Dr. DeKornfeld is the Department of Anesthesiology, Baltimore City Hospital, Baltimore.

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;76(6):926-929. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01280240084014

The concluding paper in this study presents an analysis of patient mortality in our series of 2186 cases of pulmonary resection. For the purposes of this study mortality is defined to include all patients who were given an anesthetic for the performance of a pulmonary resection and who died during the postoperative period while still in the hospital. Patients who died during a subsequent admission, who died at home, or at another hospital, or whose disease was found to be inoperable and who, therefore, were not subjected to a pulmonary resection are not included in this study. No attempt is made to distinguish among the various groups of patients whose death may be attributed, only arbitrarily in many cases, to anesthetic complications, to surgical complications, or to unrelated causes. We wish again to emphasize that it is not our intention to compare the results of this study with any of

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