Adverse medical events: do they influence discharge decisions?
Hosp Top. 2010 Jan-Mar;88(1):18-25
Authors: Broyles RW, Chou AF, Mattachione SE, Al-Assaf AF
The author examined relationships between adverse medical events (AMEs) on discharge decisions. Using secondary data capturing inpatient utilization from Oklahoma hospitals, the author employed logistic regression to estimate the probability of extended hospital stay and the need for postacute care as a function of AMEs, and multiple regression analysis to assess the effect of AMEs on the number of days of care. Findings showed that an AME increased the likelihood of extended hospital stay, number of extended days of care, and needed postacute care. Findings indicated that reducing AME incidence would likely improve quality while reducing healthcare utilization and spending.
PMID: 20194107 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]