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Patel S, Poorjary P, Pawar S
National landscape of unplanned 30-day readmissions in patients with left ventricular assist device implantation.
This study tracked unplanned 30-day readmissions in patients who had undergone left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation during 2013. Data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) National Readmission Database was used. Out of 2,235 patients who had an LVAD implantation, 29.7% had at least 1 unplanned readmission within 30 days. The top reasons for readmission were implant complications (14.9%), congestive heart failure (11.7%), and gastrointestinal bleeding (8.4%). Predictors of readmission included a prolonged length stay during the primary admission, Medicare insurance, and discharge to a short-term facility.
Citation: Patel S, Poorjary P, Pawar S . National landscape of unplanned 30-day readmissions in patients with left ventricular assist device implantation. Am J Cardiol 2018 Jul 15;122(2):261-67. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2018.03.363..
Keywords: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Heart Disease and Health, Cardiovascular Conditions, Surgery, Medical Devices, Adverse Events