Study: Too many seniors are back in hospital for infections treated during initial stay

November 5, 2019

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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