Purpose: The purpose of this study was to review the initial implementation of a same-evening discharge algorithm for patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA). Method: We conducted a retrospective review of a prospective database of patients undergoing CEA over 3 years. Results: From January 2000 to December 2002, 207 patients underwent CEA, of which 186 qualified for same-evening discharge. Fifty-nine patients (32%) who qualified were discharged to home the same evening; none had an adverse event after discharge. The most common reason for patients not to be discharged the same evening was exiting the operating room too late (n = 63, 34%). Thirteen patients chose to stay overnight, and 11 patients did not go home secondary to physician choice. None of these patients experienced any adverse sequelae during the overnight stay. Conclusion: Same-evening discharge after CEA is safe and feasible in selected patients. Currently, nearly one third of our patients are discharged within 8 hours of CEA. With appropriate scheduling, patient education, and increasing physician awareness, most patients can be discharged to home the same evening after CEA.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine