Posts Tagged ‘length of stay’

August 29th, 2013

Inexpensive Accelerometer Could Help Monitor Progress After Heart Surgery

An inexpensive off-the-shelf fitness monitor can help physicians monitor and perhaps customize their treatment of patients after heart surgery, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Although the mobility of patients after surgery has long been recognized as a significant predictor of outcome, the authors of the study note that […]

January 3rd, 2012

Measuring In-Hospital Mortality Favors Hospitals with Short Stays

As a measure of performance and quality, in-hospital mortality systematically favors hospitals with shorter overall length of stay (LOS) times, according to a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. This finding may have important implications for quality improvement initiatives that use mortality as a performance measure. Elizabeth Drye and colleagues (including senior author Harlan Krumholz, editor-in-chief […]