Older, sicker minority patients more likely to die after urological surgery

Older, sicker, minority patients and those with public insurance are more likely to die from a potentially preventable complication after commonly performed urological surgeries, according to a study published in BJU International. Researchers analyzed more than 7.5 million patients that underwent urological surgery between 1998 and 2010 from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample and assessed overall and failure to rescue (FTR) mortality. They found that in the urological sugeries that required hospitalization in the U.S., FTR mortality increased 5 percent every year, and that patient age, race and public insurance status, as well as urban hospital location, were independent predictors of FTR mortality. Study abstract