Just seven medical procedures account for 80 per cent of all deaths and complications from emergency medicine.
Around 15 per cent of patients will suffer complications—often requiring another hospital visit—and just over one per cent will die following emergency surgery.
But when researchers from the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston looked more closely at the numbers, they discovered the ‘dangerous seven’ procedures that account for almost all the deaths and complications.
The seven are:
Partial colectomy (removal of part of the colon)
Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
Peptic ulcer procedures
Removal of peritoneal (abdominal) adhesions
Laparotomy (to open the abdomen)
The other 28 procedures they investigated were relatively safe and had few complications, they discovered.
But if it’s an emergency procedure, what can anyone do about it? Plenty, say the researchers: for one, now that the ‘dangerous seven’ have finally been identified, medicine should find ways of making the procedures safer. Until they do, patients should check out the track-record of the surgeon performing the procedure to make sure they are in as safe a pair of hands as possible.
What Doctors Don’t Tell You
Less Medical intervention is always best but sometimes in emergency situations we can not avoid them. Post surgical infections and hospital infections in general seem to be more of a concern today with all of these newer emerging super bug medication resistant pathogens. Anytime surgery is required for someone we like to advise them on getting a second opinion and try to nourish them with what we feel is the best supplement protocol for their needs. In worse case scenarios we also have a surgical protocol to help patients go through surgery and recover faster. Some of the worst times to have procedures done are holidays and during the summer months. Sometimes referred to as the “July effect.”