A dissertation from the Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University in Sweden shows that 1.3 percent of those waiting for a bypass operation die waiting. Many more patients would survive if high risk cases were given top priority.
Diseases of the coronary artery are the most common cause of death in the world. Surgery of the coronary artery, bypass operations, reduce the risk of death in the majority of patients and has become one of the most common major surgical interventions. In spite of this, the health care systems of many countries, including Sweden, have not been able to keep up with the demand.
Under-capacity entails long waiting lists, necessitates prioritization among patients, and, in the worst cases, leads to patients’ dying while still in line for an operation. In prioritizing, doctors attempt to assess the risks and then to operate on patients with the most pressing needs first. In western Sweden there are 1.6 million people, and some 250 patients are slated for an operation.
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