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Death rate higher for other specialists, according to ASPS incidence analysis

Between January 2000 and May 2004, 23 office surgery deaths were reported to the Florida Board of Medicine. Mortality rates have been calculated extrapolating from data collected from June 2002 to Jan. 31, 2004, on total procedures performed. According to those analyses:

375,677 procedures were done in the office setting between January 2000 and June 2004. Based on the 23 deaths reported, the death rate for office-based procedures was 0.0061 percent, or one in 16,333 procedures performed.

Board-certified plastic surgeons performed 181,061 procedures in the office setting between January 2000 and June 2004, and were responsible for five deaths during that period. The death rate for office-based procedures performed by board-certified plasticsurgeons was 0.0027 percent (1 in 36,212 procedures).

The remaining 194,616 procedures performed during that period were done by all other types of specialists (non-board certified plastic surgeons, dermatologists, etc.). They were responsible for 18 deaths. The death rate for office-based procedures performed by specialists other than board-certified plastic surgeons was 0.0092 percent (1 in 10,812 procedures).
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