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Authors Hennon MW, Kothari A, Maloney JD, Weigel T
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Journal J. Surg. Res. Volume: 170 Issue: 1 Pages: e17-21
Publish Date 2011 Sep
PubMed ID 21696762

Many centers have adapted an Acuity Adaptable Cardiothoracic Unit (AACU) to fast track cardiac surgery patients, yet few data exist on the impact of such a unit on general thoracic surgery outcomes. We examined the effects of implementing an Acuity Adaptable Cardiothoracic Unit on patients undergoing major pulmonary resections.We reviewed data from an IRB-approved, prospective thoracic surgery database for patients during the 3-y periods pre- and post-adoption of an Acuity Adaptable Cardiothoracic Unit. As surrogate endpoints to quality and cost, we examined length of stay, place of discharge, readmission rate, and 30-d mortality during these two time periods.A total of 488 patients underwent major pulmonary resections (416 lobectomies, 72 pneumonectomies) in this 6-y time period. Patients cared for in the AACU model had a shorter length of stay (LOS) compared with patients in a traditional ICU/general care model. The mean and median LOS for patients in the AACU model was 4.2 ± 0.3 d and 3 d, and for the traditional ICU/general care model these were 7.8 ± 1.2 d and 5 d, respectively (P < 0.001). Relative risk of readmission was 0.86 (95% CI = 0.45, 1.66, P = 0.392) and 30-d mortality was 0.49 (95% CI = 0.14, 1.68, P = 0.205) for patients in the AACU model compared with patients in the traditional ICU/general care unit.Implementation of an Acuity Adaptable Cardiothoracic Unit is associated with reduced length of hospital stay in patients undergoing major lung resections, without increased risk of readmission or 30-d mortality. Future studies will evaluate post-operative events unique to an AACU model. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System