A Multipronged Intervention to Reduce Readmissions and Readmission Intensity After Radical Cystectomy

Zeynep G. Gul, Shan Wu, Michael Raver, Robin Vasan, Jennifer Mihalo, John M. Myrga, David T. Miller, Maria P. Pere, Cameron A. Jones, Danielle R. Sharbaugh, Jonathan G. Yabes, Bruce L. Jacobs, Benjamin J. Davies

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Objective: To develop a multipronged, evidence-based protocol to reduce readmission risk and readmission intensity, as represented by the duration of the index readmission, after radical cystectomy. Materials and Methods: A per-protocol study was performed. The protocol included preoperative nutritional supplementation, early stent removal, and a follow-up phone call within 4-5 days of discharge. The preprotocol period was from February 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021 and the postprotocol period was from December 1, 2020 to November 31, 2021. Using multivariate regression models, we compared outcomes among patients treated with radical cystectomy before and after protocol initiation. Results: We identified 70 preprotocol patients and 126 postprotocol patients. After adjusting for age, sex, BMI, and frailty score, there was a significant reduction in 90-day readmission intensity (7 vs 5 days; P = .048) among postprotocol patients. Conclusion: After implementation of an evidence-based protocol for patients undergoing radical 90-day readmission intensity decreased significantly. This protocol may move the needle forward on reducing readmissions, but a larger randomized trial is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-160
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 2023


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