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A Longitudinal Analysis of Mortality, Complications, and Failure to Rescue After Cardiac Surgery

      In the past decade, failure to rescue (i.e. mortality after a major complication) has been identified as a clinical mechanism underlying the wide variation in hospital post-operative mortality rates. During this same decade there has been a significant decline in mortality after high-risk cardiac surgery. However, it remains unclear whether this is due to decreasing complication rates or due to more successful rescue after a complication has occurred.
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