A comparison of teaching and non-teaching hospitals found mortality benefits for high-risk patients undergoing surgery at teaching hospitals.

  • The researchers found that for general surgery, the overall 30-day mortality rate was 4.62 percent in teaching hospitals versus 5.57 percent in non-teaching hospitals.
  • Mortality differences were larger for the general surgery quintile of pairs with the highest risk on admission (15.94 versus 18.18 percent), with a paired cost difference of $3,773.
  • These numbers yielded a value of $1,682 per 1 percent mortality improvement at 30 days.

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