Eleven percent of general surgery patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, with postoperative complications being the leading reason for the readmission, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
For the study, researchers examined National Surgical Quality Improvement Project data for a single academic medical center for general surgery patients between the years 2009 – 2011. Key findings include:
- 11.3 percent of the patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge
- The most common reasons for readmission were gastrointestinal problem/complication (27.6%), surgical infection (22.1%), and failure to thrive/malnutrition (10.4%)
- Surgical procedures associated with higher rates of readmission included pancreatectomy, colectomy, and liver resection.
The authors conclude that focusing on minimizing postoperative complications will decrease postoperative readmissions.