January 26, 2013

Not Malpractice, Just Stress

1 Hospital Stays Can Cause New Health Issues

A study of over 3 million hospitalizations has found that almost 20 percent of Medicare patients return to the hospital within 30 days to be treated for an entirely different condition, in most cases caused by their original stay. According to the study's author, Yale Med School professor Harlan Krumholz, the new health problem is not due to medical errors or hospital-borne infections but the simple stress, trauma, and complications of being in a hospital. Krumholz attributes most of this "post-hospital syndrome" to poor sleep conditions, including being awakened for medication, inadequate nutrition, including fasting prior to clinical tests, and weakened bones, joints and muscles after being bedridden. Common post-hospital afflictions include heart attack and injuries from falling.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Is Hospital Care Compromised by Recession?

Tags: Hospital Safety, Post-Hospital Syndrome, Professor Harlan Krumholz, Health Hazards in Hospitals, Hospital-Borne Illness

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