Outpatient surgical care and invasive medical procedures are increasing. Prior research from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) found that wrong-side or wrong-site adverse events were more common in the outpatient setting than the inpatient setting when the procedure was performed outside the operating room.1 Both inpatient and outpatient operating room–based surgical procedures are evaluated by the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program2; however, non–operating room outpatient invasive procedures are not assessed. To address this gap and inform future research, we measured the prevalence of postprocedure emergency department (ED) visits and admissions and explored the association of these outcomes with relevant patient, procedure, and facility factors.3
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Mull HJ, Gellad ZF, Gupta RT, et al. Factors Associated With Emergency Department Visits and Hospital Admissions After Invasive Outpatient Procedures in the Veterans Health Administration. JAMA Surg. Published online May 02, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.0874
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