A predictive model and risk score for unplanned cardiac surgery intensive care unit readmissions

J. Trent Magruder, Markos Kashiouris, Joshua C. Grimm, Damon Duquaine, Barbara McGuinness, Sara Russell, Megan Orlando, Marc Sussman, Glenn J.R. Whitman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

13 Scopus citations


Background Readmissions or "bounce back" to the intensive care unit (ICU) following cardiac surgery is associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. We sought to identify clinical and system-based factors associated with ICU bounce backs in order to generate a Bounce Back After Transfer (BATS) prediction score. Methods We prospectively collected the clinical and financial records of all patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) between May 2013 and March 2014. Multivariable logistic regression was used to identify independent predictors of bounce backs to the ICU which served as the basis for our BATS score. Results Of the 532 patients that underwent CABG or AVR during the study period, 35 (6.6%) were readmitted to the ICU. After risk adjustment, female sex, NYHA class III/IV, urgent or emergent operative status, and postoperative renal failure were the predictors of ICU bounce backs utilized to create the BATS score. Patients in the low (<5), moderate (5-10), and high-risk (>10) score cohorts experienced bounce back rates of 3.0%, 10.4%, and 42%, respectively. After adjusting for preoperative patient risk, ICU bounce back resulted in an increase in 68,030 to a patient's total hospital charges. Conclusions A predictive model (BATS) can determine the risk of a bounce back to the ICU after transfer to the floor. We speculate that determination of a patient's BATS upon ICU transfer would allow targeted floor care and decrease bounce back rates, along with postoperative morbidity, mortality, and cost of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-690
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'A predictive model and risk score for unplanned cardiac surgery intensive care unit readmissions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this