Unplanned Inpatient Hospital Admissions for Cancer Patients

Aim

To reduce unplanned inpatient admissions of UNC Cancer Hospital patients receiving outpatient radiation by improving outpatient monitoring and management of acute toxicities.

Results

 

Background

Unplanned hospital admissions comprise an estimated $12 to 17 billion in potentially preventable annual health care costs. Multimodality cancer treatment with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy often causes acute toxicities leading to unplanned hospital admissions. At UNC Cancer Hospital, ≈ 20% of cancer patients receiving outpatient radiation (+/-chemotherapy) experience an unplanned hospital admission.

Team Leaders

 Bhisham Chera, MD

Timeframe

July 2014 - June 2015

Charter