Mr Cleopas Zvidzai1
1Brunswick Private Hospital HealtheCare, Brunswick, Australia
Reducing hospital-readmission rates is a clinical and policy priority. Hospital readmissions are widely believed to be an indicator of sub-optimal care and have become a major focus of efforts by many countries to improve outcomes and reduce health care costs.
This study attempts to retrospectively identify factors associated with 28-day readmissions following different surgical procedures. The study population will represents 5 surgical specialty namely; general surgery, musculoskeletal, maxillofacial, endoscopic procedures, and urology. Focus will retrospectively assess factors in-depth i.e. length of stay, repeat hospitalisation(0-28days), patient age and comorbidities, surgical procedure, antibiotic prophylaxis, departmental hand hygiene compliance, aseptic technique program results, discharge ward, and theatre data(namely; air microbiological tests, theatre/procedure room, environmental auditing results, and HEPA filter maintenance records).
Efforts to reduce readmission rates should be targeted to identify and address preventable cases among the total readmitted population from this observational outcome.