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Sessler DI: Anaesthesia’s legacy: carpe diem (editorial). Br J Anaesth 2022; 128: 413-415

December 28, 2022

Summary Intraoperative mortality is now rare. In contrast, 30-day postoperative mortality remains common, with most deaths occurring during the initial hospitalisation. The legacy of anaesthesiology will be determined by our success in dealing with postoperative mortality, which is currently the major problem in perioperative medicine. Carpe diem!
Keywords: anesthesia; complications; outcome; perioperative medicine; postoperative mortality