Surgical patients are particularly vulnerable to inpatient harms

In an analysis of data on more than 114,000 patients, researchers found that surgical patients had significantly higher mortality rates associated with hospital harms than nonsurgical patients. Adverse reactions to medications, kidney failure and hypoglycemia were among the most common inpatient harms associated with mortality for both surgical and nonsurgical patients. The findings were presented at a Society of Critical Care Medicine meeting.

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