Relationship between hospital size and teaching status on outcomes for reverse shoulder arthroplasty

Musculoskelet Surg. 2020 Apr;104(1):37-42. doi: 10.1007/s12306-018-0584-2. Epub 2019 Jan 1.


Background: The use of reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) continues to grow with expanding indications and increased surgeon awareness. Previous data for other lower extremity joint replacements indicate that high-volume centers have better outcomes, with lower complication rates, decreased length of stay, and complications for both hemiarthroplasty and total shoulder arthroplasty. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of hospital size and setting on adverse events for RSA.

Materials and methods: The National Inpatient Sample database was queried for RSA performed using ICD-9 codes. Primary outcomes included length of stay (LOS), total hospital charges, discharge disposition, and postoperative complications. Odds ratios were used to assess the risk of inpatient postoperative complications.

Results: A weighted national estimate of 24,056 discharges for patients undergoing RSA was included in the study. Patients at larger hospitals experienced higher total charges, increased average LOS, and slightly higher complication rates compared to those of small and medium hospitals. Patients in larger hospitals had significantly increased rates of genitourinary and central nervous system complications, while patients in small/medium hospitals experienced higher rates of hematoma/seroma.

Conclusion: Results from this study indicate that large and non-teaching hospitals overall tend to burden the patients with higher hospital charges, longer hospital stay, and more frequent non-routine discharges. Also, larger hospitals are associated with higher risk of genitourinary and central nervous system complications rates, whereas non-teaching hospitals are associated with lower risk of infection and higher risk of anemia after RSA. With the growth in RSA in the USA, continued attention needs to be placed on improving outcomes and resource utilization for RSA patients even in larger hospitals.

Keywords: Adverse events; National inpatient sample; Resource utilization; Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Shoulder / methods*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Health Facility Size / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hospitals, Teaching*
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology*
  • Treatment Outcome