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10 January 2012

Heart surgery better at busier hospitals

Children who have heart surgery at high-volume hospitals may fare better than those who are treated in hospitals that perform fewer paediatric cardiac surgeries per year.

Children who have heart surgery at high-volume hospitals may fare better than those who are treated in hospitals that perform fewer paediatric cardiac surgeries per year, but this is not due to volume alone.

Centers that performed more than 350 surgeries a year were considered "high volume", while those that performed fewer than 150 heart surgeries in children each year were "low volume". The complication rate was similar across all centres.

 
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