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Curr Eye Res. 2013 Aug;38(8):886-8. doi: 10.3109/02713683.2013.780626. Epub 2013 Mar 28.

Incidence of unplanned return to the operating room following vitreoretinal surgery at a public teaching hospital.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, University of California-San Francisco, 10 Koret Way, San Francisco, CA 94143-0730, USA. stewartj@vision.ucsf.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine the incidence of unplanned return to the operating room within 30 or 90 d following vitreoretinal surgery.

METHODS:

Hospital records of 431 patients undergoing vitreoretinal surgery at San Francisco General Hospital between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2009 were reviewed to determine the incidence of unplanned reoperations.

RESULTS:

Unplanned reoperation occurred within 30 d in 22 cases (3.77%) and within 90 d in 56 cases (9.61%).

CONCLUSIONS:

This study establishes benchmarks for the rate of unplanned return to the operating room following vitreoretinal surgery at an urban teaching hospital. Measuring reoperation within 90 d may provide a useful quality improvement metric of short- and middle-term complications.

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