A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah found that patients, who were readmitted back into the hospital after a surgical complication, were less likely to die if they were admitted back into the same hospital where they underwent the surgery.
According to the research, which focused on patients who underwent at least one of 10 surgical procedures between 2001 and 2011, 22% of the patients had complications, and had to be admitted back into the hospital within 30 days after being discharged from the hospital. More than 80 percent of the patients were admitted back into the same hospital where they had undergone the surgery. Overall, the researchers found that when the patient was readmitted back into the same hospital, there was a 26% lower likelihood of death within three months.
According to the research, this is a statistically significant difference because many patients are encouraged by companies to travel to large hospitals for elective surgical procedures. If these patients develop complications after the surgery, but are not close to the hospital where they underwent the surgery, it could significantly impact their rate of recovery after the admission.
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