Although there are many risks of patient harm in the preoperative phase (diagnosis and treatment selection) and during surgery, we found that some of the most dangerous risks exist in the postoperative time. These potential hazards included failure to recognize and treat surgical complications on a timely basis and other problematic care provided during patients’ recovery. The postoperative phase of patient care became the focus of our study.
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Palmisano DJ, Ranum D. Symptoms of normal recovery or complication: The risks of postoperative care. Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. 2013 Jun 1.