Teaching hospitals outperform other hospitals at saving patients who experience deadly surgical complications, but only if those patients are white.
That’s the finding of a study in the February Archives of Surgery that analyzed Medicare claims from 4.6 million patients at 3,270 acute care hospitals from 2000 to 2005. Patients at teaching and nonteaching hospitals experienced similar rates of surgical complications, but white patients at teaching hospitals were 17% less likely to die afterward.
Black patients had similar survival rates after surgical complications whether at teaching or nonteaching hospitals, even after adjusting for income.
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