The rate of hospital readmissions for seniors with infections that were first treated during their initial hospital stay is too high, according to new research.
As many as 5 percent of patients leaving the hospital with an infection have a readmission for that pre-existing infection, according to an article on the U.S. News website.
A team analyzed Medicare data on more than 318,000 hospital discharges for patients aged 65 and older. Overall, 2.5% of them were readmitted for a pre-existing infection.
The most common type of pre-existing infection in the patients was C. difficile (about a 5% readmission rate) followed by urinary tract infections (2.4% readmission rate).
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