Irish patients have higher risk of death after surgery

Patients in Ireland have the highest risks of dying after surgery of any country in western Europe and one of the highest in the whole of Europe, according to a new study.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
18th May, 2013

Patients in Ireland have the highest risks of dying after surgery of any country in western Europe and one of the highest in the whole of Europe, according to the first large international assessment of surgical outcomes.

The study, which was discussed at a medical conference in Dublin last Friday, found that 6.4 per cent of patients in Ireland died after surgery - considerably higher than the European average. In Norway, just 1.5 per cent...

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