September 11, 2013

ER visits after surgery: Study finds high rate among seniors and lots of variation among hospitals

U-M team’s findings suggest a potential new marker of hospital quality

Nearly one in five older adults who have common operations will end up in the emergency department within a month of their hospital stay, a new study finds – a surprisingly high number found in the first national look at the issue.

What’s even more surprising? The wide variation between hospitals, in keeping their older surgery patients from needing emergency care after surgery on their hearts, hips, backs, colons and major blood vessels. Some hospitals had four times the rate of post-surgery emergency care for their patients, compared with others.

  → Read more about Dr. Kocher's study and its potential impact on healthcare: UofMHealth.org