Results: 1670 patients were admitted during 6 months. 121 patients had a readmission within 28 days of discharge. The readmission rate was 7.2% at 28 days. 50% of these cases were readmitted within 7 days. Median age of readmitted patients was 53 years (range 14 to 90 years). 50% were male. Nationalities are shown in Figure 1. Diagnoses at the time of initial admission are shown in Figure 2. 52% percent were readmitted with the same diagnosis as initial admission. 71% of patients had 2 or more comorbidities, 21% had 3 or more comorbidities. Median length of stay of index admission was 7 days (range 1 to 24 days).
Conclusions: Preliminary results suggest that 28 day readmission rates of medical inpatients in Qatar may be similar to or less than those of other regions. While many readmissions may not be preventable; targeting patients at high risk may decrease unnecessary readmissions. For example identifying patients who have specific diagnoses like GI, CNS or respiratory conditions, more comorbidities and longer length of stay during initial admission for appropriate post discharge follow-up may help decrease readmissions. We will further study factors related to preventable readmissions and develop interventions to address them.
To cite this abstract:Kartha, AB; Uddin, M; Bakhsh, NK; Hegde, KV . A PILOT STUDY OF READMISSIONS WITHIN 28 DAYS TO AN AMAU (ACUTE MEDICAL ASSESSMENT UNIT) IN THE MIDDLE EAST REGION. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2017, May 1-4, 2017; Las Vegas, Nev. Abstract 252. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2017; 12 (suppl 2). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/a-pilot-study-of-readmissions-within-28-days-to-an-amau-acute-medical-assessment-unit-in-the-middle-east-region/. Accessed November 18, 2019.