Readmissions Among Sepsis Survivors: Risk Factors and Prevention.
Clin Pulm Med. 2018 May;25(3):79-83
Authors: Goodwin AJ, Ford DW
Hospital readmissions are common and result in increased mortality and cost while reducing quality of life. Readmission rates have been subjected to increasing scrutiny in recent years as part of a larger effort to improve the quality and value of healthcare in the United States. Emerging evidence suggests that sepsis survivors are at high risk for hospital readmission and experience readmission rates comparable to survivors of congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diseases whose readmission rates determine reimbursement penalties from the federal government. In this article, we review the unique challenges that sepsis survivors face as well as the patient-level and hospital-level risk factors that are known to be associated with hospital readmission after sepsis survival. Additionally, we identify the causes and outcomes of readmissions in this population before concluding with a discussion of readmission prevention strategies and future directions.
PMID: 30237689 [PubMed]