Cost analysis of vascular readmissions after common vascular procedures Presented in poster format at the 2014 Vascular Annual Meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery, Boston, Mass, June 5-7, 2014.

Nathan T. Orr, Shady El-Maraghi, Ryan L. Korosec, Daniel L. Davenport, Eleftherios S. Xenos

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Abstract

Objective This study analyzed readmissions and their associated hospital costs after common vascular surgeries at a single institution. Methods Patients undergoing open or endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortoiliac revascularization, or infrainguinal revascularization, from 2010 through 2012, were retrospectively evaluated. We compared 30- and 90-day readmission rates and costs by procedure group, and we tabulated reasons for readmission and procedures performed during readmission. We used both American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) data and patient records; as NSQIP only captures 30-day data, we retrospectively reviewed patient charts to extend the evaluation to 90 days. Analyses were performed using parametric or nonparametric methods as appropriate. Results Two hundred nineteen cases were analyzed; the overall rate of index admission survivors experiencing at least one readmission within 30 days was 17% and within 90 days, 27%. Median readmission costs were $10,700, which added 39% to the median index costs of $27,700. Over half of readmissions (55%) included an operation. The most common cause for readmission was related to wound complications, comprising approximately 30% of the entire readmission cohort. Independent drivers of readmission costs were the need for additional surgical procedures, the use of intensive care unit services, and the number of days spent in the hospital above the median. Total 90-day costs were statistically equivalent between open and endovascular procedures when including readmissions. Conclusions We found that vascular surgery readmissions occur at a rate of 17% at 30 days and 27% at 90 days. When including the costs of readmission for a wide variety of common vascular cases, there is no significant difference in total costs between endovascular and open procedures at 90 days.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1281-1287.e1
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Volume62
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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