Dialysis patients who were readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of discharge were up to twice as likely to die compared with those not readmitted, an AHRQ study found. Researchers examined nearly 300,000 dialysis patient admissions from 2010 to 2013. Of those, 23 percent resulted in a readmission within 30 days of discharge. More than one-third of readmissions occurred within a week of discharge, and about 6 percent occurred on the same day. Recent policies propose penalizing dialysis facilities for 30-day readmissions, but this study suggested that facilities may often have limited time and opportunities to influence readmissions. Regardless of timing, patients with readmissions had a higher risk of death within one year. Access the abstract of the article, which was published in Kidney International.
Kidney Int. 2017 May 20. pii: S0085-2538(17)30228-4. doi: 10.1016/j.kint.2017.03.025. [Epub ahead of print]
Early hospital readmission among hemodialysis patients in the United States is associated with subsequent mortality.
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hemodialysis; hospital readmissions; mortality