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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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