Research in patient safety addresses the prevention of adverse events occurring during the process of medical care across a range of diagnoses and procedures. About 200 million people undergo surgery every year worldwide and surgical care results in at least 7 million complications annually, including 1 million deaths.
Surgical patient safety research at Department of Clinical Epidemiology focuses on several adverse events, including those common to other fields (e.g., death, readmission, complications such as infections, blood clots in the legs and lungs, stroke, kidney failure, adverse drug events, and quality of life) and those specific to surgery (e.g., implant failure and reoperation).
By applying advanced analytical methods, we study the risk factors for these adverse events, as well as the impact the events have on the prognosis of surgical patients. Our current projects examine comorbidities, medication use, socio-economic status, and devices in relation to outcome in patients undergoing major surgical procedures.