Researcher says surgery centers are 'pushing the envelope.'

July 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Jul2007, Vol. 31 Issue 7, p77
Academic Journal
A recent study published in The Archives of Surgery by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia identified risk factors that may be associated with increased rates of hospital admission immediately following outpatient surgery. • The researchers assigned the following points to risk factors for admission: 65 years or older (1), operating time longer than 120 minutes (1), cardiac diagnoses (1), peripheral vascular disease (1), cerebrovascular disease (1), malignancy (1), seropositive findings for human immunodeficiency virus (1), and regional (1) or general (2) anesthesia. • Patients with at least a score of 4 or higher were more than 30 times more likely to require hospitalization than those with a score of zero or 1.


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