December 1st, 2011

One in 10 stent patients readmitted within a month

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One out of every 10 people who get a stent inserted to open up blocked arteries ends up back in the hospital within 30 days, suggests a new study that also found the readmitted patients are more likely to die in the next year… That does not mean a hospital's readmission rates are not one fair way to assess its quality of care, argued one of the study's authors, Dr. David Holmes, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Reuters, by Genevra Pittman, 11/28/11

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr. David Holmes, stent

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