Patients with a left ventricular assist device have a high rate of hospital readmissions after their index (placement of left ventricular device) discharge. With these devices becoming more common providers of care must understand why this population is being readmitted in order to promote well-being and keep patients out of the hospital. The purpose of this study was to identify and describe characteristics of the hospital readmission. This research study was a retrospective analysis of aggregate data from 2013-2019 with a sample size n = 32. The summary of data was described with descriptive statistics. The data was grouped and did not represent individual patient data. The majority of patients readmitted were African American males. It was also noted that there was a higher readmission rate of GI bleed within 0-90 days after the index admission discharge. However, with a small sample size this data may not represent the general population. Further research is needed to collect individual patient data in order to understand characteristics and factors of why patients are readmitted.
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College of Nursing
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Pitcher, Diana, "Patients with a Left Ventricular Device and Factors Affecting Readmission" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 399.
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