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Readmissions May be Triggered by 'Post-Hospital Syndrome'



Sleep deprivation, poor nourishment, pain, and other hospital-induced stressors may be making patients sick with other conditions after their primary illnesses are resolved, a researcher suggests.



4 comments on "Readmissions May be Triggered by 'Post-Hospital Syndrome'"
Mary Mammarella (1/18/2013 at 12:31 PM)

This reminded me of an article I read some years ago about physicians who treated people who had been tortured and were trying to recover. I am NOT accusing anyone of torture, but rather suggesting there might be something to learn from those physicians. When you look at the items sited like sleep deprivation, nutrition, pain, etc., it is hard not to connect the patient's reaction to hospitalization to the reactions of released prisoners or victims of torture. Thanks for the article.
Sharon Del Favero (1/16/2013 at 1:18 PM)

A very good argument for a holistic approach to patient care which currently contradicts the "focus only on the admitting diagnosis". While methods of reimbursement see this focus as less costly I would challenge is it really in the big picture? each disease state impacts another if present within the same patient..... does it not?
debra reynolds (1/16/2013 at 11:37 AM)

Sleep deprivation, and feeling alone and out of control of your circumstances can be scary for patients. Healing happens when a patient is at at peace. Explain to the patients in their language and their pace the procedures, lag-times etc. Use volunteers to keep them company in their rooms, if they want one. A little courtesy can go a long way towards recovery.
Carol J. Johnson, RN (1/15/2013 at 9:26 AM)

This article, written by a physician, tries to make excuses for a general lack of patient care coordination prevelant in our country. Physicians, nurses, politicians and hospital administrators refuse to see or accept the reality that no matter how genius the medical care - if the patient's discharge planning or discharge care coordination is not adequet the patient will either return or possibly die. Hospitals are paid for discharge planning however not many (if any) use those funds to hire competent well trained nurses and social workers to provide care coordination - all the expensive medical care is wasted. C. Johnson RN