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To what extent are inpatient deaths preventable?
  1. Robert Nash1,
  2. James Quinn2
  1. 1Department of ENT, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, UK
  2. 2NHS Midlands and East, Fulbourn, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Robert Nash, Department of ENT, Lister Hospital, Stevenage SG1 4AB, UK; mr.robert.nash{at}

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Dear Sir,

We read with interest Hogan et al's article1 on the prevalence of preventable inpatient mortality. This correlates both with our experience of the preventability of inpatient death and numerous prior series.2–4

There is, however, an interesting comparison to be made with the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR), and Summary Hospital-level …

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