Carotid endarterectomy: a safe cost-efficient approach.

  title={Carotid endarterectomy: a safe cost-efficient approach.},
  author={Paul E Collier},
  journal={Journal of vascular surgery},
  volume={16 6},
  pages={926-9; discussion 930-3}
The diagnosis-related groups have encouraged physicians to become more efficient in the care of their patients; often, however, raising the question of safety. For 3 years all patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy at our institution were monitored in the intensive care unit for 24 hours and the majority were discharged on the second postoperative day. After review of these patient's hospital records and direct patient interviews, it was clear that many patients did not require a stay in… CONTINUE READING