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Readmission After Sepsis Hospitalization Common and Costly Study Finds

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Medical Xpress writes readmission after sepsis hospitalization is common and is associated with considerable costs, according to a study published in the March issue of CHEST. Shruti K. Gadre, M.D., from the Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues derived a cohort of patients admitted with sepsis from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project National Readmission Data 2013 to 2014. The authors examined the associated etiology and risk factors for readmission.

The researchers found that 87.2 percent of the 1,030,335 index admissions survived to discharge. Overall, 17.5 percent of patients had a 30-day readmission, with a median of five days to readmission. The most commonly associated cause for 30-day readmission was infectious etiology (42.16 percent, including sepsis [22.86 percent]), followed by gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal causes (9.6, 8.73, 7.82, and 4.99 percent, respectively).

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