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Study finds strong link between HAIs and patient readmissions after an initial hospital stay

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Hospital readmission and healthcare-associated infections are common healthcare problems with important clinical and financial implications for both patients and hospitals. A recent study published by the The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America found that patients with healthcare-associated infections may be at increased risk of hospital readmission. Analysis of 8 years of hospital admissions data at a large urban tertiary care facility suggests that there is a significant association between the two; specifically, the researchers found that patients with a clinical culture positive for 1 of 3 prevalent nosocomial pathogens obtained more than 48 hours after hospital admission had a shorter time to hospital readmission. Furthermore, the median time to readmission for such patients was almost half that for other patients. This study is one of the first in its investigation of the relationship between the presence of a positive clinical culture obtained more than 48 hours after hospital admission and time to rehospitalization among admitted patients.

Read full study: Healthcare-Associated Infection and Hospital Readmission, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

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