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PHILADELPHIA Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine have identified risk factors that may be associated with increased rates of hospital admission immediately following outpatient surgery. These risk factors should be considered by patients and physicians when deciding an appropriate surgical setting, whether outpatient or in a hospital. Corresponding Author Lee A. Fleisher, MD, FACC, FAHA, Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and colleagues report their findings in the March 19th issue of The Archives of Surgery.

"This study shows we can assess the risk for a patient to have surgery away from a hospital where emergency services are close at hand," said Fleisher. "Most complications from outpatient surgery are minor. But if there is something major would you rather be far away and need to call a ambulance and be transported varying distances to a hospital or would you rather have a full staff of physicians in the building and ready to help treat you?

The study consisted of 783,558 ambulatory surgery patients, of which 4,351 were sent directly to hospital following surgery, and of which 19 died. This equates to only 1 death per approximately 50,000 patients.

Medical risk factors were assigned point values. Increased scores in this risk index were associated with higher odds of hospital admission following outpatient surgery. Risk factors include being 65 years or older, operating time longer than 120- minutes, cardiac diagnoses, peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, malignancy, human immunodeficiency virus, and regional or general anesthesia.

"I believe outpatient surgery is very safe, however, as the practice gains in popularity, the risk factors for certain patients should be weighed," said Fleisher. "It is the responsibility of both the patient and the physician to consider the medical history and type of procedure before deciding what
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Contact: Rick Cushman
rick.cushman@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5659
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
19-Mar-2007


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