Tag: stroke

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Oct 10, 2014)

Unnecessary – that’s the word that best summarizes this week’s reads – unnecessary readmissions and unnecessary surgery.

And, then to round out “unnecessary”, new data recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine suggests unnecessary risk. Continue reading “Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Oct 10, 2014)”

Watch Out 30 Day Readmissions are Avoidable for Stroke Patients – Startling News Requires Action

By Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC

A recently published study, December 2013, on preventable readmissions within 30 days of ischemic stroke among Medicare beneficiaries looked at the proportion of post stroke readmissions that are potentially preventable or avoidable. This continues to remain unknown.  Preventable readmissions were identified based on 14 Prevention Quality Indicators developed for use with administrative data by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. National, hospital-level, and regional preventable readmission rates were estimated.

The findings based on the prevention quality indicators identified a small proportion of readmissions were classified as preventable. Continue reading “Watch Out 30 Day Readmissions are Avoidable for Stroke Patients – Startling News Requires Action”