Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Patient Readmission
Patient readmission in healthcare refers to the return of a patient to the hospital within a specific time period after being discharged. Readmissions can occur for a variety of reasons, such as complications from the original illness or treatment, failure to follow discharge instructions, or new symptoms or illnesses.
Readmissions can have significant negative consequences for patients, including increased risk of morbidity and mortality, decreased quality of life, and higher healthcare costs. They can also put a strain on healthcare resources, as readmissions can account for a significant proportion of hospital costs.
To reduce readmissions, healthcare providers use several strategies such as:
Care coordination: Providing patients with clear discharge instructions and ensuring that they have follow-up appointments and necessary care in place before leaving the hospital.
Medication management: Reviewing and adjusting patients’ medication regimens to ensure that they are taking the right medications at the right time and dose.
Home-based care: Providing patients with home-based care services, such as visiting nurses, to monitor their condition and provide support.
Telehealth: Using remote monitoring and communication technology to keep in touch with patients and provide care after discharge.
Patient education: Educating patients and their families about the importance of following discharge instructions, recognizing warning signs of complications, and seeking prompt medical attention if necessary.
Transitional care: Providing patients with a smooth transition from the hospital to another care setting, such as a skilled nursing facility or a rehabilitation center.
Reducing readmissions is an ongoing challenge for healthcare providers, and it requires a multi-faceted approach that involves collaboration between different healthcare providers, patients, and their families. It’s important for providers to have a good understanding of the patient’s condition, treatment, and the care plan before and after discharge to reduce readmissions.