University of Wisconsin researchers suggest that bleeding disorders, long operative times, in-hospital complications, functional status, and the need for a higher level of care at discharge appear to predict 30-day readmission in general surgery patients. A nomogram that was developed by the study investigators based on these predictors accurately predicted readmission. The nomogram had a negative predictive value of 97.9% and a positive predictive value of 11.1%.

Source:  JAMA Surgery, June 2015.