Monday, April 25, 2011

Hip-replacement hospital re-admissions rise

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association found that hospital readmission rates rose significantly in recent years for patients who underwent total hip replacement surgery. The study’s authors analyzed data on 1.45 million Medicare recipients who had total hip replacements from 1991 to 2008 and approximately 328,000 Medicare patients who required a second hip-replacement “revision” surgery.

From 2007 to 2008, 8.5 percent of total-hip-surgery patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged, a rise of more than 2.5 percent in previous years. Although the study does not offer specific explanations for the increase, it does find shorter hospital stays (earlier discharges after hip-replacement surgery) occurred during the same time. Lead author Peter Cram told Bloomberg that he didn’t look at whether DePuy’s recalled hips contributed to the recent rise in early readmission, but said studying a possible link would be “a really good area for future research.”

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