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Study: Boost post-discharge care to prevent sepsis-related readmissions

Case Management Insider, April 7, 2015

Sepsis patients may need improved post-discharge care to keep them from needing a return visit to the hospital, according to research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

 
In many cases, researchers found the repeat hospitalizations seen among sepsis patients are preventable.
 
“Many of these conditions can be managed if the patient can get in to see a doctor at the start of the illness, meaning that we potentially avoid hospitalization,” said Hallie Prescott, M.D., M.Sc., the lead author of the new paper and a critical care physician at the U-M Health System. “We need to assess their vulnerability and design a better landing pad for patients when they leave the hospital, and avoid the second hit that derails recovery.”
 
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