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Early follow-up linked to lower rate of readmission

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Hospitals that follow up more heart failure patients within one week of discharge have a lower rate of readmission at 30 days than hospitals that have a lower rate of early follow up, according to US researchers.

The three year study involved 30,136 patients who were admitted to 225 hospitals for heart failure.

The authors found discharge from hospitals in which a greater proportion of patients received early follow-up was independently associated with lower rates of readmission within 30 days for any cause.

The median length of hospital stay was four days.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

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  • We have a team devoted to follow up of these high risk patients . The member receives an RN call 24 to 48 hours after discharge. We reconcile medications and safety instructions. Each patient receives education in management of heart failure.

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