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Association of Post-discharge Complications with Reoperation and Mortality in General Surgery

by jmiller on November 28, 2012

Concludes:  “Of 551,510 patients (mean age, 54.6 years), 16.7% experienced a complication; 41.5% occurred post-discharge.  Of the post-discharge complications, 75% occurred within 14 days post-discharge. The post-discharge complication rates vary by procedure, are commonly surgical site related, and are associated with mortality.  Fastidious procedure-specific patient triage at discharge as well as expedited patient follow-up could improve post-discharge outcomes.  (Arch Surg, Nov) click here to read full text.