A cut below the rest?

A major European report found that Ireland has one of the worst post-operative mortality rates of the 28 countries surveyed, writes Susan Mitchell.

18th May, 2013
The lead author of a study into post-operative deaths across Europe has said the significant variation in mortality rates suggests that preventable deaths are occurring. Photo: Thinkstock

The first large-scale study to explore the number of post-operative deaths across Europe suggests Irish patients have the highest risk of dying in western Europe.

The study, which was presented by lead author Dr Rupert Pearse in Dublin last Friday, found Ireland had the fourth worst mortality rate among 28 European countries following surgical procedures.

The study, called Mortality After Surgery in Europe: a Seven-Day Cohort Study, examined various non-cardiac inpatient procedures including breast surgery, vascular...

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