Unexpected complications

Of the tens of thousands of surgeries we perform every year, these graphs show that less than 0.5 percent of our patients have complications during surgery. 

What does this data mean?
At Children’s, we have fewer unexpected complications during outpatient surgery than other outpatient surgery centers.* Less complications are better. Many children are able to have surgery and go home in the same day. Having surgery and going home within a few hours may make it seem like a simple procedure, but surgery has risks. 

We check for unexpected complications and compare how we do to other surgery centers. Unexpected complications could include cardiac arrest, excessive bleeding or nausea that requires intervention.

How does Children’s help ensure we are providing high-quality care?

  • We monitor complications and compare ourselves to other surgery centers.
  • We work with specialists, doctors and nurses with pediatric experience.
  • We review a patient’s information, and we contact parents if we need more details.
  • The anesthesiologists specialize in taking care of the youngest patients and know how to put them safely to sleep.

* Ambulatory Surgery Center Association