Severe sepsis causes hospital readmissions at a rate comparable to more commonly addressed conditions such as pneumonia and heart failure, according to a study presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference, writes Fierce Healthcare. While previous research has analyzed quality measures associated with sepsis, such as length of stay, researchers (led by Darya Rudym, M.D., of New York University School of Medicine) sought to specifically analyze its effect on 30-day readmission rates. Analyzing inpatient discharge and readmission data from New York City’s Bellevue Hospital from July 2011 to July 2014, researchers monitored 22,712 discharges; more than 15 percent, or 3,477, were readmitted within 30 days. Using three different reporting methods for severe sepsis identification, they identified 1,801, 798 and 579 discharges, respectively, among the discharges. Of those, they found 266 (14.77 percent), 119 (14.91 percent) and 71 (12.26 percent) readmitted within 30 days, respectively.
Study Finds Sepsis Rivals Pneumonia and Heart Failure for Readmissions
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