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Characteristics of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Discharged and Experiencing Readmission

One in 11 people discharged with COVID-19 are readmitted within 2 months, according to an MMWR study.


One in 11 people discharged with COVID-19 are readmitted within 2 months, according to an MMWR study. Using data from 865 U.S. hospitals, researchers identified over 125,000 COVID-19 admissions. Roughly 15% of patients died during hospitalization. Of those who were discharged, 9% were readmitted at least once within 2 months of the index admission. Risk for readmission was increased among those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease; those who were discharged to a skilled nursing facility or with home health organization support; those hospitalized in the 3 months before the index COVID-19 hospitalization; and those aged 65 years and older.


Summary

What is already known about this topic?

Evidence suggests that potential health complications after COVID-19 illness might require ongoing clinical care.

What is added by this report?

After discharge from an initial COVID-19 hospitalization, 9% of patients were readmitted to the same hospital within 2 months of discharge. Multiple readmissions occurred in 1.6% of patients. Risk factors for readmission included age ≥65 years, presence of certain chronic conditions, hospitalization within the 3 months preceding the first COVID-19 hospitalization, and discharge to a skilled nursing facility or with home health care.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Understanding frequency of, and potential reasons for, readmission after a COVID-19 hospitalization can inform clinical practice, discharge disposition decisions, and public health priorities, such as health care resource planning.


Read more here : https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6945e2.htm?s_cid=mm6945e2_w



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