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Postoperative patients fare better when readmitted to the hospital where they had surgery, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7684 (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7684
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Postoperative patients who were readmitted to a hospital other than the one where they had had their surgery were significantly more likely to die than were those who returned to the same hospital, a new study has found.

The US study, published online in JAMA Surgery, was led by Thomas C Tsai of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.1

Tsai and colleagues used Medicare claims data from 1 January 2009 to 30 November 2011 to identify patients aged 65 and older who had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting, pulmonary lobectomy, endovascular …

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