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Study finds hospitals focus on seniors to prevent readmissions, adverse events

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Fierce Healthcare writes that seniors over-estimate their ability to perform tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, after discharge from the emergency department, putting them at greater risks for falls, complications and readmissions. According to a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Seniors are already at high risk for complications, falls and readmissions–and hospitals are taking note. But direct observation before discharge is a critical step that emergency clinicians often miss, according to the study. Of 272 patients, 76 percent said they could perform simple mobility tasks either without assistance or with a cane or walker, but discrepancies between self-reported ability and actual performance were common. Even among those who said they could perform the task with assistance, nearly a quarter were unable to do so.

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