Postsurgical hospital readmission rates are a questionable measure of quality, study suggests

Hospital readmissions following surgeries may not be a good measure of the quality of care because most surgical readmissions are caused by complications that arise after discharge, according to study published in JAMA.

Source: www.beckershospitalreview.com

Post surgical complications, namely surgical site infections and delayed bowel function, account for 29.8% of hospital readmissions. As a nurse consultant, my practice sees an abundance of medical malpractice referrals from attorneys seeking to understand how this happens; and as a former perioperative nurse, I can navigate those waters with ease.

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