A study in the Annals of Surgery has found that the chance of dying from emergency surgery was twenty percent higher in teaching hospitals than non teaching hospitals.
The study examined a nationwide database of hospitals and extracted data for complications and mortality from emergency surgery.
Other findings from the study:
- Intestinal blockage was the only complication that was less likely to occur at a teaching hospital.
- For elective surgeries, fistulas were 56% more likely to happen at teaching hospitals.
- Also for elective surgeries, infection was 14% more likely to occur.
The author of the study told Reuters that the results could be due to teaching hospitals getting sicker patients, something her study did not account for.