A new paradigm to improve the safety of all major surgeries
Although there is evidence of surgery occurring as far back as 2500 BC, history suggests there have been only 2 major paradigm changes that have dramatically improved the safety of all major surgeries. Both of these changes were discovered in the 1840s. Our research has uncovered what we believe has the potential to represent the third paradigm change to dramatically improve the safety and efficacy of major surgery.
Worldwide >230 million adults have major surgery annually, and this number is increasing. Among patients having surgery, both the average age and comorbidities are rising. Although surgery has the potential to improve and prolong a patient’s quality and duration of life, it can precipitate major complications including death. Our goal is to get to a place where any patient can have surgery without risk of a major complication and death.
PJ Devereaux, BSc, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Scientific Leader of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine
and Surgical Research Group at PHRI
Flavia Borges, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University