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Invited Commentary
April 2016

Opportunities to Improve Care for Surgery Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California at Los Angeles

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JAMA Surg. 2016;151(4):337. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.4062

Havens and colleagues provide an analysis of readmission rates for patients who have undergone emergent general surgical procedures in the state of California. These data were abstracted from an administrative database and demonstrate strikingly similar results to those reported using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.1 Overall, about 1 in 20 patients are readmitted, most commonly for surgical site infection (SSI) and gastrointestinal issues.

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