"Post-Hospital Syndrome" May Play Role in Readmissions

As hospitals work to lower readmission rates to hold on to federal funding levels, a New England Journal of Medicine article proposes hospitalization itself might be the problem.

Stressors from an initial hospital stay — such as interrupted sleep, poor nutrition, discomfort and even confusing interactions with multiple medical professionals — can make patients more vulnerable to illness within a 30-day period after discharge, according to the article.

Approximately one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital, or about 2.6 million seniors, require another hospital stay for an acute medical problem within a month, according to the report.

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