Factors affecting In-patient stay in patients operated for peptic ulcer perforation.
Objectives: Recognizing the risk factors affecting the in-hospital stay of the patients operated for peptic ulcer perforation. Study Design: Cross Sectional study. Setting: General Surgical Wards, Nishtar Hospital Multan. Period: From 15th November 2018 to 5th of March 2019. Material & Methods: A total of 100 patients of all ages who had a peptic ulcer perforation were included. Patients with a perforation that wasn't attributable to a peptic ulcer e.g. malignancy or gastrinoma were excluded. Patients were asked about their smoking and drinking habits. Data was collected about various risk factors of peptic ulcer, their co-morbidities and the medications. Results: Gender, smoking, alcohol intake, H-pylori infection, size & site of perforation did not have a significant effect on hospital stay days. In patient stay days differed in groups based on comorbidities and medication. A weak correlation was found among age and stay days. Conclusion: Patients with complain of COPD and other pulmonary complications have a longer hospital stay in the hospital. The association of arthritis and hypertension could not be demonstrated comprehensively.