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Factors affecting readmission after pancreaticoduodenectomy.

Pancreatic Disease Center, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, 234 Goodman Street, ML 0772, Cincinnati, OH 45219, USA.
Advances in Surgery 09/2013; 47:99-110. DOI: 10.1016/j.yasu.2013.02.006
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ABSTRACT PD continues to be associated with a high rate of failed discharges, despite significant improvements in techniques and postoperative care at high-volume centers. Even in the best hands, 1 in 5 patients undergoing PD can be expected to require readmission in the early postoperative period. Efforts to minimize readmissions must be aimed at identifying high-risk patients, addressing patient expectations, establishing patient care plans, and using outpatient resources to address anticipated problems and complications.

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