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Study Finds Nursing Home Residents Often Develop Preventable Health Problems After Hospital Stay

Many nursing home residents who are hospitalized develop preventable health problems after they go back to the nursing facilities, are the findings of a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, writes Reuters.

Researchers examined data on 555 such people who were discharged from hospitals back to nursing homes in 2016 and 2017. Some residents were hospitalized and returned to nursing homes more than once. Overall, there were 379 complications after 762 discharges.

More than half of the complications were related to poor residential care resulting in preventable conditions like pressure ulcers, skin tears and falls, the study found. Another 28% of adverse events involved infections. A total of 38% of the complications were serious, 7.4% were life-threatening, and 2.1% were fatal.

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