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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 2073-9990
Vol. 11, No. 1, 2006, pp. 71-74
Bioline Code: js06017
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2006, pp. 71-74

 en Unexpected Hospital Admissions from a Remote Outpatient Surgicenter
Raymond A. Dieter, Janet Smith, Tony Fato, Sandy Berger

Abstract

Background: A remote nonhospital outpatient surgical facility in the western suburbs of Chicago has been functioning for ten years. A review of their consecutive patients and admission rate was carried out from the day of opening. Design: A retrospective study of all patients admitted from the facility to the hospital is presented.
Methods: 158,408 surgical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures were performed over a ten-year period.
Results: 128 patients were admitted to the hospital for treatment of their problems consequent to treatment at the Center for Surgery. The causes of admission included pain, nausea and vomiting, cardiac, respiratory and bleeding considerations.
Conclusions: Outpatient surgical treatment may be provided on a large-scale basis away from the hospital with low hospital admission rates and low complication rates. The patients thus are able to return to their homes on the same day of the procedure in an efficient, economic, and less timeconsuming manner.

 
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