Determining predictors of delayed recovery and the need for transitional cardiac rehabilitation after cardiac surgery.
ABSTRACT To examine the relationship between demographic and clinical characteristics of cardiac surgery patients with postoperative length of stay (PLOS) greater than 7 days and determine the demographic, social, and clinical predictors of the need for transitional cardiac rehabilitation (TCR) after cardiac surgery.
A retrospective review of characteristics, clinical indices, caregiver availability, and patient status (whether living alone) was completed for 304 patients undergoing cardiac surgery over 24 consecutive months. Univariate analyses and multivariable logistic regression models were used to evaluate risk factor characteristics for PLOS greater than 7 days and to predict discharge disposition to TCR or home.
Older patients, those with preoperative comorbidities, and those without a caregiver at home experience delays in functional recovery and discharge and are more likely to need TCR services.
Our findings support the addition of functional recovery and social support risk items to the preoperative cardiac surgery risk assessment.
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ABSTRACT: To investigate the relationship of increasing age to clinical characteristics, rehabilitation outcomes, and long-term survival in a post-acute inpatient cardiac rehabilitation program. The study population consisted of all 364 consecutive cardiac rehabilitation patients admitted over a 4-year period to an inpatient cardiac rehabilitation program in a long-term acute care hospital.Admission and discharge comparisons were made between 3 age cohorts: 65 years (n = 117), 65 to 74 years (n = 127), and ≥ 75 years (n = 120). Patients were followed through January, 2010 for survival. The 3 cohorts on admission differed significantly in Functional Independence Measure, estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate, smoking and hypertension histories, body mass index, and cardiac diagnoses (all P < .05) but not in Simplified Acute Physiology Score II, Cumulative Illness Rating Scale for Geriatrics, or left ventricular ejection fraction. There were no cohort differences in rehabilitation outcomes of physical function, inpatient days, and discharge disposition. Survival was longest in the youngest cohort whereas the 2 older cohorts had similar survivals (P < .01; log-rank test). All 3 cohorts had at least 40% survival at 8 years. Cox regression analyses showed that the comorbidity burden as quantified by the Cumulative Illness Rating Scale for Geriatrics was the only predictor of death in all cohorts (all P ≤ .002). This study provided evidence that post-acute inpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs equally benefited both elderly patients and younger patients. These programs are valuable in the continuum of care for elderly patients who are not yet ready for discharge to home following a serious cardiac event.Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention 07/2011; 31(4):230-8. DOI:10.1097/HCR.0b013e318207d314 · 1.68 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND:: Patients who have undergone cardiac surgery, especially those with greater comorbidities, may be cared for by family members or paid aides. OBJECTIVE:: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between having a caregiver among patients who underwent cardiac surgery and clinical outcomes at 1 year. We hypothesized that patients with a caregiver would have longer lengths of stay and higher rehospitalization or death rates 1 year after surgery. METHODS:: We studied 665 patients consecutively admitted for cardiac surgery as part of the Family Cardiac Caregiver Investigation To Evaluate Outcomes sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The participants (mean age, 65 years; women, 35%; racial/ethnic minorities, 21%) completed an interviewer-assisted questionnaire to determine caregiver status. Outcomes were documented by a hospital-based information system; demographics/comorbidities, by electronic records. Associations between having a caregiver and outcomes were evaluated by logistic regression, adjusted for demographic and comorbid conditions. RESULTS:: At baseline, 28% of the patients (n = 183) had a caregiver (8%, paid; 20%, informal only). Having a caregiver was associated with longer (>7 days) postoperative length of stay in univariate analysis among the patients with paid (odds ratio [OR], 3.00; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.57-5.74) or informal (OR, 1.55; 95% CI, 1.04-2.31) caregivers versus none; the association remained significant for the patients with paid (OR, 2.13; 95% CI, 1.00-4.55) but not with informal (OR, 1.12; 95% CI, 0.70-1.80) caregivers after adjustment. Having a paid caregiver was significantly associated with rehospitalization/death at 1 year in univariate analysis (OR, 2.09; 95% CI, 1.18-3.69); having an informal caregiver was not (OR, 1.39; 95% CI, 0.94-2.06). Increased odds of rehospitalization/death associated with having a paid caregiver attenuated after adjustment (OR, 1.39; 95% CI, 0.74-2.62). CONCLUSIONS:: The patients who underwent cardiac surgery who had a paid caregiver had a significantly longer length of stay independent of comorbidity. The increased risk of rehospitalization/death associated with having a paid caregiver was explained by demographics and comorbidity. These data suggest that caregiver status assessment may be a simple method to identify cardiac surgery patients at increased risk for adverse clinical outcomes.The Journal of cardiovascular nursing 01/2013; DOI:10.1097/JCN.0b013e318274d19b · 1.81 Impact Factor