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No Anastomotic Leaks After Colorectal Surgery in Rural Community Hospitals—Reply

No Anastomotic Leaks After Colorectal Surgery in Rural Community Hospitals—Reply In reply We commend Dr Schittek for taking the time to review his outcomes and for his excellent results. Self- and peer review are important parts of the practice of surgery, whether in a large academic center or solo practice, and allow us to insure that we are providing patients with the best care possible. We should all strive to reduce our leak rate to 0. In our series of 4012 patients undergoing colon or rectal resections, we identified 58 anastomotic leaks, for an incidence of 1.5%. We understand the pressure faced by community surgeons to maintain good outcomes. Correspondence: Dr Bordeianou, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, 15 Parkman St, ACC 460, Boston, MA 02114 (lbordeianou@partners.org). Author Contributions:Study concept and design: Bordeianou and Berger. Acquisition of data: Damrauer. Analysis and interpretation of data: Damrauer and Bordeianou. Drafting of the manuscript: Damrauer. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Bordeianou and Berger. Financial Disclosure: None reported. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Surgery American Medical Association

No Anastomotic Leaks After Colorectal Surgery in Rural Community Hospitals—Reply

No Anastomotic Leaks After Colorectal Surgery in Rural Community Hospitals—Reply

Abstract

In reply We commend Dr Schittek for taking the time to review his outcomes and for his excellent results. Self- and peer review are important parts of the practice of surgery, whether in a large academic center or solo practice, and allow us to insure that we are providing patients with the best care possible. We should all strive to reduce our leak rate to 0. In our series of 4012 patients undergoing colon or rectal resections, we identified 58 anastomotic leaks, for an incidence of 1.5%. We...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0004-0010
eISSN
1538-3644
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.2009.175
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Abstract

In reply We commend Dr Schittek for taking the time to review his outcomes and for his excellent results. Self- and peer review are important parts of the practice of surgery, whether in a large academic center or solo practice, and allow us to insure that we are providing patients with the best care possible. We should all strive to reduce our leak rate to 0. In our series of 4012 patients undergoing colon or rectal resections, we identified 58 anastomotic leaks, for an incidence of 1.5%. We understand the pressure faced by community surgeons to maintain good outcomes. Correspondence: Dr Bordeianou, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, 15 Parkman St, ACC 460, Boston, MA 02114 (lbordeianou@partners.org). Author Contributions:Study concept and design: Bordeianou and Berger. Acquisition of data: Damrauer. Analysis and interpretation of data: Damrauer and Bordeianou. Drafting of the manuscript: Damrauer. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Bordeianou and Berger. Financial Disclosure: None reported.

Journal

Archives of SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 19, 2009

Keywords: colorectal surgery,hospitals, community,anastomotic leak

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