The Particulars: Published research has suggested that there are several predictors of readmission among patients with heart failure (HF). However, prediction models have yet to take a broad-based approach to establishing factors that increase the risk of HF readmissions.

Data Breakdown: For a study, clinical predictors for readmissions were used by investigators to create and propose a model for 30-day HF readmissions that was derived from a multivariate analysis. Five variables remained significant and were predictive of 30-day, all-cause readmissions: 1) longer length of stay, 2) other admissions within the prior year, 3) lower systolic blood pressure on admission, 4) use of pressors or inotropes, and 5) previous diagnosis of pneumonia.

Take Home Pearls: Several broad factors appear to predict 30-day readmission among patients with HF. Clinicians should consider these factors as they provide treatment for HF.