Published: 12 June 2021
Author(s): Miguel Lorenzo, Patricia Palau, Pau Llàcer, Eloy Domínguez, Bruno Ventura, Gonzalo Núñez, Gema Miñana, Javier Solsona, Enrique Santas, Rafael De La Espriella, Vicent Bodí, Eduardo Núñez, Juan Sanchis, Antoni Bayés-Genís, Julio Núñez
Issue: October 2021
Section: Original article

The optimal length of stay (LOS) in patients hospitalized for acute heart failure (AHF) remains uncertain [1]. Classically, more extended stays have been associated with a higher risk of in-hospital complications, worse prognosis, and, therefore, higher hospitalization expenditures [2,3]. Thus, healthcare providers' initiatives have traditionally focused on decreasing LOS [4]. Nevertheless, a too short LOS has also been associated with an increased risk of early readmission [5,6]. Therefore, there is a need for searching clinical indicators to determine an optimal LOS for HF decompensation [7,8].


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