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Half of Nursing Home Residents End Up in the ER Once a Year

from FierceHealthcare

Nearly half of long-stay nursing home residents are transferred to a hospital emergency department at least once a year, but only a third of those patients were admitted to the hospital, a study published in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine found. The amount of time before a nursing home patient was sent to the ED was influenced by age, race, the number of hospitalizations in the previous year, having two or more chronic diseases and their "do not resuscitate" status, researchers from Indiana University said in an announcement about their study. more

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