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Nephrol Nurs J. 2018 May-Jun;45(3):273-280.

Impact of Population Differences: Post-Kidney Transplant Readmissions.

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1
Associate Professor, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX.
2
Assistant Professor, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX.
3
Assistant Nurse Manager, Transplant Care Unit, Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, San Antonio, TX.
4
Staff Nurse, Transplant Unit, Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, San Antonio, TX.
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Quality and Compliance Coordinator of the Transplant Program, Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, San Antonio, TX.

Abstract

Early hospital readmissions after kidney transplantation are common and considered an indicator of healthcare quality. The purpose of this study was to identify and describe the risk factors for and causes of 30-day readmission post-kidney transplant for adults in a predominantly Hispanic Southern Texas population in comparison to the United States kidney transplant population and published research. A single-center, descriptive, retrospective study of adult kidney transplant recipients readmitted to a hospital in southern Texas was conducted. Results indicated that this population had lower education levels, a greater percentage of Spanish-speaking patients, and a high number of patients with either or both diabetes mellitus and hypertension, necessitating the development of additional methods of increasing understanding and adherence to restrictions, requirements, and medication regimes.

KEYWORDS:

readmission; risk factors; transplantation

PMID:
30304621
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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