NEW ORLEANS—Patients undergoing elective major urologic surgery are twice as likely as other surgical patients to be readmitted to the surgical intensive care unit (SICU), according to a study presented at the American Urological Association annual meeting.

In a study of 114 patients admitted to SICU, researchers found that the most common cause of readmission was respiratory compromise. A Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) higher than 5 was significantly associated with SICU readmission. Patients with a CCI greater than 5 had a significant 6-fold increased odds of readmission compared with those who had a CCI of 5 or less.

Of the 114 patients, 9 (7.9%) were readmitted to the SICU, with 1 patient readmitted twice. Respiratory compromise occurred in 60% of the readmitted patients.

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