We know that perioperative complications (especially major) can negatively impact long term survival rates. We also know that ERAS protocols can improve long term survival rates. However do readmissions (which represent potential complications) have an effect on long term survival??
What this paper adds:
In this large retrospective analysis of a prospectively kept database, 16% of over 1000 patients were readmitted. Gut dysfunction and wound complications were the most common cause of readmission. In this study readmission alone did not have a significant impact on 5-year overall survival. However the majority of readmissions only had minor complications on the Clavien-Dindo classification, which may have explained the lack of impact.
The influence of peri-operative factors for accelerated discharge following laparoscopic colorectal surgery when combined with an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway. Chand M, De’Ath HD, Rasheed S, Mehta…