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Study Finds 25% of PCI patients rehospitalized within 6 months

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Around a quarter of heart patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are readmitted to the hospital for unplanned reasons within six months of their procedure, researchers report in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, writes Cardiovasulcar Business.

Researchers analysis revolved around the rates and causes of readmission for different patients at different time periods after PCI—an important statistic that can reflect a hospital’s care standards and evaluate how health systems are spending their money.

2010-2014 data from the U.S. Nationwide Readmission Database was used to study the rates, causes, predictors and costs of unplanned readmissions among 2,412,000 patients who had undergone PCI. The team looked at readmissions between 0 and 7 days, 8 and 30 days, 31 and 90 days and 91 and 180 days after a patient’s initial hospital discharge.

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