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To Admit or Not to Admit, That Is the Question

To Admit or Not to Admit, That Is the Question Abstract To the Editor. —The article by Isernhagen et al1 in the June issue of the Archives attempted to establish prospectively the necessity for inpatient hospital care. Our experience during the past eight years suggests that the vast majority of patients do very well both medically and socially in an outpatient setting. Outpatient surgery was gradually adopted for use in most of our patients as a review of inpatient medical records disclosed an absence of a medical necessity for admission. The option of admission always has been available but less than 15% of patients have required admission after discharge from our outpatient area. We routinely ask all patients on the first postoperative day about their experiences after surgery and certainly would have modified our approach if we had received any substantial complaints.A retrospective telephone survey of our past 20 consecutive outpatients who underwent vitreoretinal surgery did not disclose any References 1. Isernhagen RD, Michels RG, Glaser BM, et al: Hospitalization requirements after vitreoretinal surgery . Arch Ophthalmol 1988;106:767-770.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Ophthalmology American Medical Association

To Admit or Not to Admit, That Is the Question

To Admit or Not to Admit, That Is the Question

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. —The article by Isernhagen et al1 in the June issue of the Archives attempted to establish prospectively the necessity for inpatient hospital care. Our experience during the past eight years suggests that the vast majority of patients do very well both medically and socially in an outpatient setting. Outpatient surgery was gradually adopted for use in most of our patients as a review of inpatient medical records disclosed an absence of a medical necessity for...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1988 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9950
eISSN
1538-3687
DOI
10.1001/archopht.1988.01060140669003
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. —The article by Isernhagen et al1 in the June issue of the Archives attempted to establish prospectively the necessity for inpatient hospital care. Our experience during the past eight years suggests that the vast majority of patients do very well both medically and socially in an outpatient setting. Outpatient surgery was gradually adopted for use in most of our patients as a review of inpatient medical records disclosed an absence of a medical necessity for admission. The option of admission always has been available but less than 15% of patients have required admission after discharge from our outpatient area. We routinely ask all patients on the first postoperative day about their experiences after surgery and certainly would have modified our approach if we had received any substantial complaints.A retrospective telephone survey of our past 20 consecutive outpatients who underwent vitreoretinal surgery did not disclose any References 1. Isernhagen RD, Michels RG, Glaser BM, et al: Hospitalization requirements after vitreoretinal surgery . Arch Ophthalmol 1988;106:767-770.Crossref

Journal

Archives of OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Nov 1, 1988

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