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A new report out today sheds light on the death rates from four areas of surgery and anaesthesia, and recommends improvements to the way patients are assessed for risk.
Dr Leona Wilson is the new Chair of the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (POMRC). She takes over from Professor Iain Martin, who has chaired POMRC since it was established in April 2010.
Having a better understanding of deaths that occur in the days and weeks following surgery and anaesthesia will help reduce harm to patients, says the Chair of the Health Quality & Safety Commission.