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Can surgical outcomes be prevented by postoperative admission to critical care?

Andrew Rhodes* and Maurizio Cecconi

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Department of Intensive Care Medicine, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust and St George's University of London, London SW19 0QT, UK

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Critical Care 2013, 17:110  doi:10.1186/cc11687

Published: 28 January 2013

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Postoperative complications are hugely important for both the patient involved and also the health-care system that they develop within. Potentially disastrous for the patient, they cause prolonged lengths of stay and can be an expensive problem to resolve. Indeed, recent data suggest that these costs may not just be relevant to the short-term hospital stay but may result in significant increased costs for the longer term following repeated hospital admissions and chronic ill health [1-4]. The prevention of these complications is thus of the utmost importance for anyone caring for this group of patients. This involves developing systems that can avoid the complications occurring in the first place and then to identify and rapidly treat the complications when they arise [5].