The conclusions in this article [BCMJ 2021;63:330-335] are predicated on two observations—that the admission rate for outpatient surgery is very low and that the readmission rate is also very low. What the study does not address is a reasonable explanation for the difference in admission rates for outpatient surgery in the setting of a hospital and that of a same-day surgery centre. What am I missing? I suspect there is a strong bias at play.
—Scott A. Lang, MD
This letter was submitted in response to “Canada’s largest purpose-built public day-care surgery centre: A retrospective audit of patients requiring transfer to an inpatient hospital.”
Read the author’s response in “Re: Canada’s largest purpose-built public day-care surgery centre. Author replies.”