Readmission rates after revascularization for PAD
A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that one sixth of patients admitted to a hospital for revascularization for PAD were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Primary reasons were complications, sepsis, and diabetes.
The study involved 1,085 US acute care hospitals, covering 61,969 hospitalizations. The study indicated that the readmission rate resulting from complications were lower for endovascular revascularizations (16.3%) than for surgical revascularizations (40.5%).
Unplanned revascularization rates were higher for patients with critical limb ischemia (21.3%). Of all patients readmitted after revascularization for PAD, 21% had to have another peripheral arterial revascularization or lower limb amputation, and 4.6% died.
Although there have been many technological improvements to therapeutic devices that have improved patient outcomes for those undergoing a peripheral revascularization due to Peripheral Artery Disease, early detection of the disease allows for a wider range of treatment options that can prevent the need for revascularization.