Good News For Humboldt Hearts?
Hard to say.
The Times- Standard reports this morning on a recently released report by the state on which surgeons and hospitals have the best record as far as survivability in coronary bypass procedures.
A local cardiac surgeon seems to have come out looking pretty good, whereas some highly thought of hospitals and doctors, UCSF Medical Center being one, were given bad marks. That certainly makes me wonder about the methodology used. Might places like UCSF tend to handle the more difficult cases referred to them by less experienced doctors?
I would think so but I bumped into this article from today's San Francisco Chronicle and it doesn't really clear up the issue. It says the study gives credit for doctors and hospitals that handle the tougher cases but it also says they include fatalities that might not be linked to coronary disease.
Not sure I trust the conclusions of the study.