Post-operative Complications: Can We Become More Pro-active and Less Reactive?
- *Corresponding Author:
- Hani Mufti
Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University
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Received date: December 23 , 2013; Accepted date: February 11, 2014; Published date: February 20, 2014
Citation: Mufti HN (2014) Post-operative Complications: Can We Become More Pro-active and Less Reactive? Surgery Curr Res 4:178. doi: 10.4172/2161-1076.1000178
Copyright: © 2014 Mufti HN. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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