Document Type



General Surgery; Medical College Pakistan


Objective: To find out the 30-day readmission rate for different surgical procedures and determine the causes for readmissions.
Study Design: An audit report.
Place and duration of study: Department of Surgery, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, in the calendar year 2014.
Methodology: Records were retrospectively reviewed for 30-day readmission rate and their cause in general surgical patients who underwent a general surgical procedure at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, in the year 2014.
Results: Out of 217 (6.4%) readmissions in 3,387 patients, more than 50% unplanned readmissions were avoidable. The highest readmission rate was after placement of feeding tubes (28.5%).
Conclusion: More than half of the readmissions could have been prevented by proper patient/attendant education, good communication and provision of nursing services to these patients beyond the hospital.

Publication (Name of Journal)

Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan

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Surgery Commons