All-Cause Readmission to Acute Care and Return to the Emergency Department – Canadian Institute for Health Information – 14 June 2012

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Emergency Medicine | Tags: , , , |

All-Cause Readmission to Acute Care and Return to the Emergency Department – Canadian Institute for Health Information – 14 June 2012

“One in 12 patients readmitted to Canadian hospitals within 30 days
Study examines who is returning and why

June 14, 2012—Soon after their discharge from hospital, more than 180,000 Canadians were readmitted to acute care in 2010, reveals a study from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In those jurisdictions where detailed emergency department (ED) data was available—Alberta, Ontario and Yukon—nearly 1 in 10 acute care patients returned to the ED within seven days of hospital discharge. The study, All-Cause Readmission to Acute Care and Return to the Emergency Department, included more than 2.1 million hospitalizations across the country. It looked at surgical, medical, pediatric and obstetric patients to better understand who returned to acute care after discharge and for what clinical reason.

“Better understanding of the factors influencing readmission rates is an important step for improving the quality of care for Canadians,” says Jeremy Veillard, Vice President of Research and Analysis at CIHI. “Although readmissions cannot always be avoided, research suggests that in many cases they may be prevented.”

Reasons for readmission varied by patient group”

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