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Emergency Surgery Needs Distinct Code Registry, Researchers Say
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Surgery is surgery, right? Hernias and intestinal repairs? Gall bladders and appendectomies? Whether they’re prompted by a 911 call or scheduled a week in advance?

No, not anymore. Or at least they shouldn’t be. In fact, the quality and outcomes of these procedures depend enormously on whether the patient’s medical issue is rushed to the operating room emergently, or is done with a scheduled elective appointment.