News from a major European study shows that UK patients who were placed on general wards (instead of critical care wards) after unplanned surgery had a 3.6% chance of dying.
In Germany the figure was a very low 2.5% but Latvia and Poland were an extremely concerning 21% and 18% respectively.
The patients who died were mainly elderly and the study shows that targeting resources at the most at risk in this age group will further reduce mortality rates.
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