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30-DAY READMISSIONS: 6.1 percent after surgery in this large-scale study of six procedures

The 30-day readmission rate following 6 surgical procedures was studied based on data from 346 hospitals participating in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.  The data were for the calendar year 2012 and included nearly half a million patients.  The investigators looked at both the all-cause and the unplanned readmission rate.  Here are a few interesting data points:


  • 6.1 percent (overall for the 6 procedures studied), all-cause
  • 5.7 percent (overall for the 6 procedures studied), unplanned
  • 4.5 percent (total hip or knee), all-cause
  • 4.3 percent (total hip or knee), unplanned

The other procedures studied were: bariatric, colectomy or proctectomy, ventral hernia repair, hysterectomy, and lower extremity vascular bypass.

Source: Merkow, R.P., Ju, M.H., and others. (2015, Feb. 3). Underlying reasons associated with hospital readmission following surgery in the United States. JAMA, 313(5), 438-495. Click here for the publisher’s website: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2107788   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2003, rc@aha.org

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