Study Describes Procedure-Specific Types, Rates, and Risk Factors for Postdischarge Complications

November 28, 2012 | Risk Management News

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Surgical site complications, infections, and thromboembolic events were the most common complications that occurred postdischarge among all surgical procedures, according to the results of a study published in the November 2012 Archives of Surgery. The study, which included 551,510 adult patients who underwent 1 of 21 groups of general surgery procedures, found that 16.7% experienced a complication of which 41.5% occurred postdischarge. Of the postdischarge complications, 75.0% occurred within 14 days of discharge. Proctectomy (14.5%), enteric fistula repair (12.6%), and pancreatic procedures (11.4%) had the highest postdischarge complication rates. Breast, bariatric, and ventral hernia repair procedures had the highest proportions of complications that occurred postdischarge (78.7%, 69.4%, and 62.0%, respectively).

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