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Reduce Hospital Readmission Rate with Home Health Care Services

7136689_mlEveryone knows that hospitalization is extremely expensive, but what you may not know is, “Every year, hospitalizations account for one third of the $2 trillion in total annual health spending in the U.S. [and] one in nine hospital admissions is actually a re-hospitalization – when a patient is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.”

Even though this problem has received increased attention from the Obama Administration, hospital executives and health care industry leaders, the national readmission rate is still close to 19 percent. Repeated hospitalization can be traumatizing, especially for the elderly. Yet in many cases, it can be avoided. Research shows that 75 percent of Medicare hospital readmissions (4.4 million patients) may be preventable.

A poor transition from the hospital to home is often the reason for patient readmissions. Quality home-health care can help prevent readmissions during the vulnerable time after hospital discharge. Unfortunately, the majority of patients in the U.S. are sent home without any supportive services. Incidents such as falls, unsupervised medication, pressure wounds, infections and a lack of other necessary follow-up care can send a patient back in the hospital within days or weeks of discharge.

“Having a home health aide or access to home care services upon discharge is a very effective way of improving a patient’s care transition. Studies show that persons who live alone have a 50 percent higher risk of readmission compared to those living with others. Home care can help reduce readmissions by providing a low-cost supplement to medical-based care transitions.”

The three most common conditions that are prone to readmission are Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Pneumonia (PN), and Heart Attacks or Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI). In-home caregivers can act as the critical link with other care providers, provide early detection and give much of the care necessary to prevent additional hospitalization.

DTN Home Care nurses and aides know how to monitor and report symptoms of worsening or recurring:

  • Congestive heart failure. They understand weight loss or weight gain challenges, nutritional needs and restrictions, blood pressure monitoring, exercise and more.
  • Pneumonia. They understand everything from oxygen requirements, medication reminders, good nutrition and needed recuperation periods for patients who have just been discharged.
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction. They understand heart rate monitoring, blood pressure, diet and exercise restrictions or recommendations, and medication reminders and adjustments.

If you or a loved one are anticipating a hospital stay and a desired return directly home, we encourage you to learn more about the health and cost benefits of home care. DTN Home Care can provide services around-the-clock or as needed. We assign an experienced case manager and registered nurse to visit the home, evaluate and assess the person’s needs and work with the client, family and home care staff to draft and implement an individualized plan of care. To inquire about in home health care from DTN Home Care, call 701.663.5373.

By

Beverly Unrath, Vice President

Dakota Travel Nurse Home Care, Inc.

bunrath@dtnhomecare.com

www.dtnhomecare.com

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