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Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2015 Jul-Aug;23(4):693-9. doi: 10.1590/0104-1169.0242.2623.

Readmissions due to traffic accidents at a general hospital.

[Article in English, Portuguese, Spanish]

Author information

1
Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro, Uberaba, MG, BR.
2
Escola de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal do Triangulo Mineiro, Uberaba, MG, BR.
3
Departamento de Enfermagem Especializada, Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto, São José do Rio Preto, SP, BR.
4
School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US.
5
Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, BR.
6
Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, BR.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

to verify the occurrence and the causes of hospital readmissions within a year after discharge from hospitalizations due to traffic accidents.

METHODS:

victims of multiple traumas due to traffic accidents were included, who were admitted to an Intensive Care Unit. Sociodemographic data, accident circumstances, body regions affected and cause of readmission were collected from the patient histories.

RESULTS:

among the 109 victims of traffic accidents, the majority were young and adult men. Most hospitalizations due to accidents involved motorcycle drivers (56.9%). The causes of the return to the hospital were: need to continue the surgical treatment (63.2%), surgical site infection (26.3%) and fall related to the physical sequelae of the trauma (10.5%). The rehospitalization rate corresponded to 174/1,000 people/year.

CONCLUSION:

the hospital readmission rate in the study population is similar to the rates found in other studies. Victims of severe limb traumas need multiple surgical procedures, lengthier hospitalizations and extended rehabilitation.

PMID:
26444172
PMCID:
PMC4623733
DOI:
10.1590/0104-1169.0242.2623
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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