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J Vasc Surg. 2012 Aug;56(2):556-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2012.03.260. Epub 2012 Jun 26.

Developing strategies for predicting and preventing readmissions in vascular surgery.

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  • 1Section of Vascular Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH 03766, USA.


The escalating cost burden of hospital readmission has prompted recent nationwide efforts aimed at reducing the incidence of this important quality measure. Because patients undergoing vascular surgery account for a significant proportion of readmissions, vascular surgeons may face reduced reimbursements in the near future if these trends continue. However, risk factors associated with readmission remain poorly defined, and further research is needed to identify interventions that will prevent readmission following vascular procedures. Accordingly, this manuscript will (1) propose a conceptual model to explain the driving forces behind readmissions in vascular surgery, (2) review current evidence directed at identifying risk factors and evaluating interventions to reduce readmissions across different medical and surgical specialties, and (3) identify key areas in patient care where targeted research or interventions may be implemented in vascular surgery.

Copyright © 2012 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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