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Hospital Readmissions After Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation: Incidence, Causes, and Cost Analysis

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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Source Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Shahab A. Akhter, Abbasali Badami, Margaret Murray, Takushi Kohmoto, Lucian Lozonschi, Satoru Osaki, Entela B. Lushaj

The University of Wisconsin group analyzed the etiology, costs, and effect on survival of unplanned readmissions after LVAD surgery.  At a median follow-up of 11 months, 68 of the 103 patients (66%) were readmitted.  The top 3 causes of readmission were GI bleeding, driveline infection, and stroke.  Thirty patients (44%) were readmitted within 30 days of discharge.  The median direct cost of each readmission was $7,546.  Survival was not significantly affected by hospital readmission.



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