Evaluación de las estancias inadecuadas en un servicio de cardiología

Translated title of the contribution: Assessment of Inappropriate Hospital Stays in a Cardiology Department

José A. San Román, Francisco J. Luquero, Luis de la Fuente, Alberto Pérez-Rubio, Sonia Tamames, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Javier Castrodeza

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One of the fundamental ways of increasing hospital efficiency is to ensure that unnecessary hospital stays are avoided. To date, no study on this topic has been published by any cardiology department in Spain. We performed a retrospective observational analytical study to determine the rate of unnecessary hospital stays. Data were collected in accordance with the Appropriateness Evaluation Protocol (AEP). The rate of inappropriate stays was 27 per 100 patient-days. Multivariate analysis showed that the factors associated with inappropriate stays were older age-group, stays longer than 7 days, and days during the last third of the stay. The most frequent causes of inappropriate stays were delays in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and stays for procedures that could have been performed without hospital admission.

Translated title of the contributionAssessment of Inappropriate Hospital Stays in a Cardiology Department
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)211-215
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Espanola de Cardiologia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Appropriateness Evaluation Protocol
  • Cardiology department
  • Health management
  • Hospital stays
  • Inappropriateness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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