Introduction: The assessment of surgical quality is an essential tool in the improvement of patient care and the most commonly used marker of quality in surgery is the incidence of post operative complications.
1Clavien et al. define a complication as “any deviation from the ideal postoperative course that is not inherent in the procedure and does not comprise a failure to cure.”
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Accountability measures—using measurement to promote quality improvement.
N Engl J Med. 2010; 363: 683-688
2Reporting these requires precision, consistency and reproducibility, factors that can be guaranteed only through standard systems of classification.
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Proposed classification of complications of surgery with examples of utility in cholecystectomy.
Surgery. 1992; 111: 518-526
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Quality of complication reporting in the surgical literature.
Ann Surg. 2002; 235: 803-813
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- Accountability measures—using measurement to promote quality improvement.N Engl J Med. 2010; 363: 683-688
- Proposed classification of complications of surgery with examples of utility in cholecystectomy.Surgery. 1992; 111: 518-526
- Quality of complication reporting in the surgical literature.Ann Surg. 2002; 235: 803-813
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