A study published in the April 5 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery examines factors associated with unplanned readmission following outpatient hand and elbow surgery. The authors reviewed data on 4,106 outpatient hand or elbow surgery procedures from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. 

They found that 169 (1.2 percent) were followed by an unplanned readmission within 30 days. Leading causes of readmission included postoperative infections (19.5 percent), pain (4.7 percent), thromboembolic events (4.1 percent), and pulmonary complications (3.0 percent). Independent predictors of readmission included age of 70 to 84 years, smoking, lower hematocrit, renal dialysis, and elbow procedure (with or without hand procedure). The authors note that the causes of approximately one-third of readmissions were missing from the database. Learn more...

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