Emergency Department visits by patients undergoing cancer treatment may be preventable

From Cancer Network:

A substantial portion of emergency department (ED) visits by patients undergoing cancer treatment may be preventable, and those potentially preventable visits account for a high percentage of the ED visit costs, according to a new analysis.

“Roughly 44% of oncology patients visit the ED in the year after treatment initiation,” said Laura E. Panattoni, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2017 Quality Care Symposium, held March 3–4 in Orlando, Florida. “I think there is growing awareness that many of these ED visits are due to poorly controlled disease or treatment-related symptoms such as pain, nausea, and dehydration, and they could be potentially preventable with better outpatient management.”

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