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Improving elderly patients’ outcomes from hospital stays

Elderly patients often have a difficult time when they’re admitted to the hospital. Even those who initially only have a minor problem are more prone to experiencing a steep decline in health, and that can set the stage for all sorts of issues contributing to their eventual readmission – or death. 

Study: Mobility in hospital critical to elderly patients’ recovery

Elderly patients who visit the hospital often end up in worse health when they’re discharged, which puts them at a higher risk of being readmitted within 30 days. But there are several ways for hospitals to prevent this from happening, including focusing on keeping patients moving throughout their hospital stay. 

4 warning signs to watch for in elderly ED patients

Hospitals need to take into account the specific needs of elderly patients when they’re admitted – particularly since Medicare’s coming after hospitals for poor outcomes such as readmissions. New research shows there are several red flags that an elderly person’s condition may decline to the point where he or she will need more care. 

Ask these 2 questions to identify patients with delirium

Delirium is a serious condition that can harm elderly patients’ recovery. And because its effects can be confused with illness fatigue, it can be hard to diagnose. But new research suggests clinicians can ask patients two simple questions to quickly evaluate their risk for delirium. 

Research identifies 6 strategies to prevent readmission of elderly patients

You’re probably well aware of the statistic: Nearly one in five Medicare patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. New research offers insight into methods hospitals can use to try to cut readmissions rates of the elderly.