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Mortality Rates Are Lower after Surgery when an Anesthesiologist Directs Anesthesia Care

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July 18, 2000
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Patients have a significantly lower death rate after surgery when their anesthesia care is directed by an anesthesiologist, according to a study of 217,000 Medicare patients in Pennsylvania. The study was led by a physician at the Center for Outcomes Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, Pa. — Patients have a significantly lower death rate after surgery when their anesthesia is directed by an anesthesiologist, a physician specialized in anesthesia care. A study of 217,000 Medicare patients in Pennsylvania who underwent general surgery or orthopedic surgery between 1991 and 1994 found an excess death rate of one out of every 400 patients when anesthesiologists did not personally provide or direct the anesthesia care. The lead author of the study, which will be published in the July issue of the peer-reviewed journal Anesthesiology, is Jeffrey H. Silber, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Outcomes Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Silber presented his findings on June 27 at the annual national meeting of the Association for Health Services Research in Los Angeles.


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