Title

Day care surgery at a university hospital--who is responsible after discharge

Document Type

Article

Department

Surgery

Abstract

Objective: To computer the rate of morbidity and unplanned hospitalization amongst patients undergoing Day Care Surgery at this institute.Methods: Retrospective study of all adult general surgical patients undergoing planned day care surgical procedures between November 1996 and December 1997.Results: Six hundred and seventy four patients underwent ambulatory operations over one year. The morbidity rate was 6.2% and the rate of unplanned hospitalization was 13.6%.CONCLUSION: We conclude that timing of surgery and short duration operation on carefully selected patients is likely to reduce hospitalization. There is great scope of Day Care Surgery in developing countries and a major effort will be required to popularize it in Pakistan, which include development of infrastructure and patient education.

Publication

Journal of Pakistan Medical Association

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