Large Percentage of Nursing Home Residents Develop Preventable Health Issues Following Hospitalization, According to New Study

A new study has been released concerning nursing home patients’ health after following hospitalization.  According to the study, about 70% of nursing home residents who are admitted to a hospital develop unnecessary health issues upon returning to the nursing home facilities.  Among these health issues include the development of bed sores, infections, and injuries sustained from falls.     

“Adverse events are occurring due to transition-related issues, such as being released from the hospital too soon," said one author of the study.  Additionally, the author stated that these complications should be preventable with increased "monitoring to prevent falls, turning in bed to prevent/heal pressure ulcers, and gentler handling to prevent skin tears.”  For more, read the story.