I thought this was a pretty clever piece of surgical humor.
Just a few interesting facts from this press release by the FACS. They cite that there are 600,000 colorectal operations performed per year and that 11.4% of colorectal patients are back in the hospital within 30 days, stay an average of 8 days, and cost the country 300 million dollars. These are some pretty impressive numbers and warrants investigation and intervention. They set out to define early warning signs to identify problems earlier and bring them to the attention of the surgeon. The panel of 11 experts came up with the following:
And also added medical symptoms warranting ER evaluation as:
I think it’s important to focus on the patient education aspect of addressing the re-admission problems. There is a window of opportunity to prevent minor complications from becoming major complications and the patients are the best one’s to monitor these symptoms and bring them to appropriate physican’s attention.