Video Ratings Predict Surgical Skill
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Video ratings data of surgeons’ operating skills predicted whether patients would suffer complications after leaving the operating room, according to a University of Michigan Health System study.
Researchers assessed the relationship between the technical skill of 20 bariatric surgeons and post-surgery complications in 10, 343 patients undergoing common yet complex laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. High skill surgeons, as ranked by their peers, had significantly fewer post-surgery complications, like bleeding or infections. Their patients were also less likely to go back to the hospital or emergency department.
"Variation in surgical skill and outcomes may never be eliminated, but coaching and constructive feedback from peers may be an important strategy for upping everyone's game,” lead study author John D. Birkmeyer, MD, professor of surgery and director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan, was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1300625
SOURCE: New England Journal of Medicine, October 2013
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