publication . Doctoral thesis . 2007

Discharge Policy and Reperfusion Therapy in Acute Myocardial Infarction

Vlugt, Maureen;
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  • Published: 13 Jun 2007
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
Treatment of patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) has improved over time and the duration of hospital stay has considerably decreased. Early hospital discharge after MI has been promoted for over 25 years. However, the meaning of “early” evolved over time. In the early eighties, before the widespread introduction of reperfusion therapy, patients were hospitalised for approximately 3 weeks and early discharge implemented a reduction to 7 days. Nowadays, the average hospital stay in the Netherlands amounts up to 8 days and “early” discharge is after 3-5 days. Evidently, in a cost-conscious environment hospitalisation should not be extended beyond the pat...
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