In this large single center analysis of all PCI patient (elective or after acute coronary syndrome), ~10% were readmitted within 30 days after discharge. They found risk factors for readmission included female sex, Medicare, unstable angina, LOS>3 days, low education, and some co-morbid conditions (history of CVA/TIA, COPD, metastatic cancer, peptic ulcer, kidney disease). These can help stratify patients for readmission risk and can help design strategies to reduce that risk (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.