Link: 5 out of 200 have a major vascular complication after surgery

Richard Smith at BMJ reports on the progress of a very large clinical trial investigating the effects of surgery. As any good journalist would do, he compares this to another major epidemic – HIV – and shows that more people suffer as a result of surgery than contract HIV in a year. The researchers undertaking the clinical trial expect a 6% incidence of major cardiovascular complications.

In fact, it isn’t really that surprising since most people who undergo surgery are already very sick, or are they?

5 out of 200 have a major vascular complication after surgery

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