This large retrospective cohort of elderly patients admitted with an injury found 14 % of them were readmitted within 30 days after discharge. Risk factors for readmission included those who had a transfusion, an infection, or a patient safety indicator. Those discharged to nursing homes or with home health were more likely to be readmitted than those discharged home. Readmission reduction tactics should consider the site of discharge, and the prevention of complications during the index admission (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.