To Curb Rising Costs, Hospitals Try to Reduce Repeat Admissions – washingtonpost.com

To Curb Rising Costs, Hospitals Try to Reduce Repeat Admissions – washingtonpost.com.

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3 responses to “To Curb Rising Costs, Hospitals Try to Reduce Repeat Admissions – washingtonpost.com

  1. Shirley

    Heidi,
    I thank you for bringing this article to my attention. I frequently wonder about recidivism at my hospital, but it seems no one else even sees it. There must be a way to provide people with more comprehensive and portable care to allow people with chronic illnesses to actually live their lives, don’t you think?

    Thanks again for the great article. I wish I had seen it first but as it is, I will just have to point my readers to your blog for reading and discussion.

    • Thanks for your comment, Shirley.

      Continuity of Care is something we have tried to achieve for so many years, it is astounding that it is just now starting to receive some well-deserved attention. Since much of my nursing career has been spent in community health, I was able to see first-hand how some simple interventions could prevent re-admissions and, most importantly, a crisis for the patient.

      In home health, we always joke about how the medications a patient is actually taking at home has very little correlation to anything written in discharge instructions! We often find patients taking duplicates of the same meds . . . one generic, one brand name . . . or taking meds that are contraindicated that they forgot to mention when they were admitted to the hospital. When you ask a home patient to pull out ALL their pill bottles, you invariably end up with a few surprises!

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