The point of having outpatient surgery is to avoid a hospital stay. A recent study “Age predicts hospitalization risk after outpatient surgery” found seniors face a 54% greater risk of hospitalization within 30 days of outpatient surgery compared with patients younger than 65. Not the seriousness of the diagnosis or the complexity of the surgery but rather the age of the patient that was the largest factor in hospital readmission. After a procedure the senior patients struggles to understand the discharge and medication dosing. “When patients are sent home on the same day, a lot is required of them to take care of themselves.”
How might the outcomes be different? “Additional time and effort needs to be extended to the senior patient when a discharge is the same day as a procedure to avoid potential readmission.” Planning ahead before surgery for services to be delivered to the home such as nursing visits, home-delivered meals and help filling and reviewing needed medications may be ways to reduce the risk of being readmitted to the hospital.