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Outpatient hysterectomy: determinants of discharge and rehospitalization in 133 patients.
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PMID:  7802057     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: This study examines our continuing experience in performing vaginal hysterectomies and laparoscopy-assisted vaginal hysterectomies with an outpatient protocol. The purpose was to review factors associated with discharge and hospitalization. STUDY DESIGN: Surgical records from all women entering our previously reported outpatient hysterectomy protocol were reviewed. Demographics, surgical indications, intraoperative data, and postoperative data were studied, and their associations with patient discharge and hospitalization were determined. Specific attention was directed to complications. RESULTS: The study group consisted of 133 women. Twelve women (9.0%) were not discharged from the hospital and 5 (3.8%) required readmission. Surgical indications, the type of hysterectomy, and the requirement for pain medication revealed no association with hospitalization. The occurrence of an intraoperative complication (p < 0.000), the need for transfusion (p = 0.043), and postoperative antiemetics (p = 0.013) were statistically associated with hospitalization. In addition, low hematocrit values and elevated temperatures on the first and second postoperative days were associated with hospitalization. CONCLUSION: Long-term experience with outpatient hysterectomy reveals a hospitalization rate of 12.8%. Complications, blood loss, elevated temperatures, and postoperative nausea are the major determinants of patient discharge and hospitalization. Readmission rates continue to remain low.
R L Summitt; T G Stovall; G H Lipscomb; S A Washburn; F W Ling
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  171     ISSN:  0002-9378     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  1994 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-01-23     Completed Date:  1995-01-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1480-4; discussion 1484-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Gynecology, University of Tennessee, Memphis.
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Care*
Antiemetics / therapeutic use
Blood Transfusion
Body Temperature
Hysterectomy, Vaginal*
Intraoperative Complications
Middle Aged
Patient Discharge*
Patient Readmission*
Postoperative Care
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