Journal of Critical Care: Published Online: September 05, 2015
Readmissions in the pediatric intensive care unit rates are an important tool used as a measure of quality. Although many hospitals are benchmarking readmission rates and working to lower them, the use of readmission rates as quality measures has generated controversy, particularly with respect to including readmission rates in public reporting and pay-for-performance programs.
Readmissions impact the hospital budget and might change the patient outcome and length of stay. Besides that, the transference for the pediatric ward exposes the patient to lower levels of care and monitoring, increasing the risks of clinical deterioration and mortality.