High hospital readmission rates with PAD 'potentially avoidable’

The extent of post-discharge complications has been revealed in the first detailed analysis of Australian data for this group of patients

One in 10 patients hospitalised with peripheral artery disease are readmitted within a month, often for conditions that are potentially preventable, Australian researchers say.

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Their study of more than 100,000 cases related to peripheral artery disease (PAD) found that one-third of unplanned readmissions occurred within just one week of discharge. 

The study — the first to evaluate readmissions after PAD treatment in Australian and New Zealand hospitals — revealed many readmissions