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Sarcoma

Study identifies patients at risk for readmission after extremity bone sarcoma surgery

Posted on August 17, 2020

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Length of stay after extremity bone sarcoma surgery was associated with emergency department visits and readmission, according to a study.

This study utilized data from a national administrative claims database to identify 1390 adult patients with extremity bone sarcomas.

Approximately 12% of patients visited the emergency department and 18% were readmitted within 30 days of discharge. Complications from surgery were the most common reason for emergency department visits ((n = 63, 45.9%) and readmission (n = 119, 48.5%). Patients with an initial length of stay >10 days were more likely to visit the emergency department or be readmitted.

“These patients could be targeted with alternative management strategies in the outpatient setting with early clinical follow-up to minimize readmission,” the authors concluded.

Reference

Wellings EP, Wagner ER, Wilke BK, et al. What are the predictors of emergency department utilization and readmission following extremity bone sarcoma resection? [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 13]. J Surg Oncol. 2020;10.1002/jso.26173. doi:10.1002/jso.26173

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