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Expensive Hospital Readmissions Linked to Health-Care-Associated Infections

(Science Daily) New research finds a strong link between healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and patient readmission after an initial hospital stay. The findings … suggest that reducing such infections could help reduce readmissions, considered to be a major driver of unnecessary healthcare spending and increased patient morbidity and mortality…
"The potential to reduce readmissions along with other known benefits -- lower patient morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs -- may provide additional impetus to reduce healthcare-associated infections," [study leader Jon] Furuno said. In addition, the authors suggest patients with positive HAI cultures could be targeted to receive additional discharge planning resources to help reduce the likelihood of readmission.
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