Fri. Sep 20th, 2019

Discharging Lung Patients Earlier Reduces Risk Of Re-Admission

Lung diseases are very common between humans in our century. There are many different causes that may lead to lung diseases including genetics. However, extreme lung conditions might sometimes lead to the need for  surgery. Lung surgeries are common and are almost safe to be conducted. However, risks increase prior to the surgery especially readmission.

However, a recent study conducted by a team of researchers led by the division Director of Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery at Jefferson Health, Dr. Nathaniel Evans III have showed that early discharge of patients who have gone through lung surgery will actually reduce their risk of increasing readmission.

The observed results was tackling the fear of surgeons of early discharge. However, according to the study, various participants have shown a better response in healing when released compared to other patients staying for longer times.

The study and results were published in the Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery journal. Dr. Nathaniel commented on the findings saying, “Patients and their physicians are often worried that going home ‘too soon’ will make them more likely to have to come back to the hospital. In fact, the opposite is true. Patients who are well enough to go home, who don’t need the hospital services anymore, are very unlikely to need to return. The goals of enhanced recovery pathways are to get healthy patients home sooner and to make sure sicker patients get the care they need.”