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4 in 10 Emergency Hospital Admissions From Care Homes Avoidable Through Better Community Care

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New analysis finds more than 4 in 10 emergency admissions to hospital from care homes could potentially be avoided through better care in the community – with some local NHS initiatives being shown to reduce avoidable emergency admissions by over a quarter.

The analysis from the Improvement Analytics Unit, a joint initiative between NHS England and the Health Foundation, has found that more than four in ten (41%) emergency admissions to hospital involving care home residents could be potentially avoided with better provision of preventative primary care, community support or NHS care in care homes. The analysis comes as the NHS rolls out the Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH) initiative to improve residents’ health and reduce avoidable emergency admissions.

The report investigated hospital admissions of care home residents aged 65 years and over in 2016/2017 . The analysis found that 41% of the estimated 192,000 emergency admissions to hospital from care homes were for “potentially avoidable” conditions, such as chest infections, pressure sores, urinary tract infections and fall-related fractures. 

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