Vascular Surgery Accountable for High Mortality Rate

Vascular Surgery Accountable for High Mortality Rate

The Vascular Society, a famous health organization, recently conducted an audit to find out the reasons behind high death rate in Portsmouth’s hospitals for the period of October 2008 to September 2010.

The figures indicate towards vascular surgery done by various hospitals. It stated that hospitals which conduct the surgery more often had less fatality rate as compared to those which conduct the surgery rarely. This comes in the wake of death of six patents in Portsmouth’s hospitals after being operated for an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA). The report stated that Portsmouth hospitals had a mortality rate of 7.5%, which was a lot higher as compared to that of other hospitals in Southampton, 1.5%.

But, Surgeons at Portsmouth have brushed aside these reports and have defended the hospital. Associate Medical Director Graham Sutton said that there were many other factors which influenced these figures and the reports haven’t taken them into account. He said, “This report does not factor the risks of patients having additional conditions of diabetes, heart disease or lung problems. There is not just one aspect of the procedure”.

Although there has been a gradual decline, from 7.5% to 2.4%, in mortality rate nationwide, there are still varied results coming in from various hospitals across the UK. This report has also added some weight to the argument that patients should choose more specialist surgery centers, rather than knocking the doors of local hospitals.

A consultant vascular surgeon at St George's Hospital in Tooting, Mr. Ian Loftus, defended these findings and said that it shows that experience counts, and more surgeries a person performs the better he or she becomes in terms of skills.

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