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Routine postsurgical anesthesia visit to improve 30-day morbidity and mortality. A multicenter, stepped-wedge cluster randomized interventional study (The TRACE Study).


The TRACE Study Investigators.

Ann Surg 2023; 277: 375-380.

Over 5000 patients were included in this multicentre trial. Thirty-day mortality was 0.56 per cent  (n = 14) in the control and 0.44 per cent (n = 12) in the intervention group (odds ratio 0.74, 95% Confidence interval 0.34–1.62).

Comment: Would results have been different if the focus had been on high risk patients only?

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