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Incidence and Factors Associated With Hospital Readmission After Pulmonary Lobectomy
Readmission after lung resection is associated with increased costs and is used as a benchmark for quality. Outcomes of more than 22,000 lobectomies were evaluated for factors associated with readmission. 30- and 90-day readmission rates were 11.5% and 19.8%. Causes for readmission were pulmonary (24%), cardiovascular (16%), and surgical/procedural-related complications (15%). Preop characteristics associated with readmission were male gender and Medicaid payer status. Surgical approach and specific postoperative complications were not associated with readmission.