Time to surgery: Comparison between rural and metropolitan hospitals.

Another great read from Otago Universities LOFP. Researchers compared the length of time to receive surgery, the proportion that receive surgery within national guidelines and the corresponding mortality rates at 30 and 120 days for patients who present to the DHB’s rural hospitals vs Waikato hospital.

Patients who presented to rural hospitals waited on average 1.24 days (29.76 hours, 95% CI: 0.44 -2.06 days, p<0.001) longer for surgery and 13.2% (95% CI: 3.2%-23%, p=0.009) fewer patients received an operation within 48 hours than those presenting to Waikato hospital. Check out the full publication here:

https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/10523/10226/NOF_shortreport_Full.pdf?sequence=4&isAllowed=y

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