Mortality Down for Admissions During Cardiology Meetings

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Mortality Down for Admissions During Cardiology Meetings
Mortality Down for Admissions During Cardiology Meetings

TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For high-risk patients with heart failure or cardiac arrest, admission during a national cardiology meeting is associated with reduced 30-day mortality, according to a study published online Dec. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Anupam B. Jena, M.D., Ph.D., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues examined mortality and treatment differences among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, or cardiac arrest during dates of national cardiology meetings versus nonmeeting dates. Data were included from 2002 to 2011 during dates of two national cardiology meetings compared with identical nonmeeting days in the three weeks before and after conferences.

The researchers found that the adjusted 30-day mortality was lower among high-risk patients with heart failure (17.5 versus 24.8 percent; P < 0.001) or cardiac arrest (59.1 versus 69.4 percent; P = 0.01) admitted during meeting dates versus nonmeeting dates in teaching hospitals. For high-risk AMI, adjusted mortality was similar between meeting versus nonmeeting dates in teaching hospitals (39.2 versus 38.5 percent; P = 0.86), although during meetings, adjusted percutaneous coronary intervention rates were lower (20.8 versus 28.2 percent; P = 0.02). There were no mortality or utilization differences for low-risk patients in teaching hospitals or for high- or low-risk patients in nonteaching hospitals.

"High-risk patients with heart failure and cardiac arrest hospitalized in teaching hospitals had lower 30-day mortality when admitted during dates of national cardiology meetings," the authors write.

One author is a partner at Precision Health Economics.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Pharmacists Should Counsel Patients Fasting for Ramadan

Pharmacists Should Counsel Patients Fasting for Ramadan

Pharmacists can suggest adjustments for meds taken several times per day, those affected by food intake

AUA: Many Have Unused Opioids After Urologic Procedures

AUA: Many Have Unused Opioids After Urologic Procedures

Patients use just over half of initial prescription; highest percentage of unused meds for cystectomy

Over Half of Young Adult Smoke Volume Exposure From Hookahs

Over Half of Young Adult Smoke Volume Exposure ...

Toxicant exposure to tar, carbon monoxide, nicotine lower, but still substantial, compared to cigarettes

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »