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.


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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