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Why Do Patients Undergoing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Brazil Stay in Hospital for Longer Periods Than in Other Countries? Prospective Evaluation of 30 Patients and Presentation of Possible Discharge Criteria

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Why Do Patients Undergoing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Brazil Stay in Hospital for Longer Periods Than in Other Countries? Prospective Evaluation of 30 Patients and Presentation of Possible Discharge Criteria

Diego Costa Astur et al. Rev Bras Ortop.

Abstract

Objective: Evaluate a better moment by the medical team and patient to be discharged and relate to possible medical discharge criteria.

Methods: 31 anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed patients under similar conditions prospectively evaluated about the possibility of discharge with 24 and 48 hours after surgery and possibles discharges criteria such as pain, range of motion and capacity quadriceps contraction, besides the use of a validated scale to measure the patient's functional independence.

Results: 50% and 6.4% of patients prefer remain hospitalized after 24 and 48 hours of surgery, respectively. The average of the visual analogue scale of pain was 2.63 and 1.76 points, and the range of motion of 79° and 86,7° after 24 and 48 hours, respectively. 100% of patients were able to quadriceps contraction in every evaluated moments.

Conclusion: In Brazil, possible discharged criteria as pain, range of motion, quad contraction and motor independence motor function scale show that anterior cruciate reconstruction reconstructed patients could be discharged after 24 hours of surgery. However, 50% of patients still prefer to remain hospitalized for longer periods.

Keywords: Bibliometrics; Methodology; Orthopedics; Periodicals.

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