Readmission Patterns of Patients Having Hips or Knees Replaced

A consistent finding in the condition-specific (AMI, heart failure, stroke, COPD, and pneumonia) readmission analyses is that most patients return to the hospital quickly. Data show the first 48 hours see the highest number of returning patients. As it turns out, the same pattern is observed among the procedure-specific (hip and knee replacement) patients. Transitioning from hospital to home is an issue for surgical patients just as it has been for medical patients. As with medical readmissions, returning hip and knee replacement patients often have three or more chronic diseases, as explained in the Nov. 6 Research Corner post. As that post noted, the most common chronic disease found in readmitted hip and knee replacement patients is diabetes. (11/20)