Trauma surgery may not be riskier at night

February 6, 2015 11:17 PM

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Contrary to suggestions that sleepy surgeons might make more mistakes in the middle of the night, a large study finds no differences in patient deaths from trauma surgeries done at night or during the day.

Researchers who looked at U.S. death rates from so-called exploratory laparotomies, which are done in trauma victims to discover the extent of injuries, found similar mortality both day and night.

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