Study: Resident Involvement Associated With Increased Risk of Surgical Complications

Medical residents involved in surgeries may pose an increased risk of complications for patients and are associated with longer surgical times, according to a study published in the American Journal of Surgery.


The researchers mined data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database and relied on outcomes of 16,849 patients who underwent laparoscopic appendectomy. They found patients who underwent laparoscopic appendectomy with residents had a higher incidence of serious and overall morbidity and longer surgical times than patients who underwent the surgery without residents. The researchers also found surgical times and complications were similar among residents in postgraduate years 1 to 5.

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