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Hospital volume, calendar age, and short term outcomes in patients undergoing repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms: the Ontario experience, 1988-92.

Authors
  • Wen, S W
  • Simunovic, M
  • Williams, J I
  • Johnston, K W
  • Naylor, C D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of epidemiology and community health
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1996
Volume
50
Issue
2
Pages
207–213
Identifiers
PMID: 8762390
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The relationship between hospital volume and mortality or morbidity was very modest and observed only for elective surgery. Case fatality rates in patients with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms remained 10 times higher than for patients with unruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms, despite improvements in overall mortality in comparison to previously published data. More effective detection of aneurysms, including elective repair for those once considered "high risk" older patients, might further reduce the toll from ruptured aortic aneurysms.

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