Listen to today’s podcast!
A recent study explored treatment options for ER return visits. When patients made trips to the ER and were initially discharged, and later admitted after returning, had better outcomes than those who were initially hospitalized. Patients who returned to the ER after discharge had lower rates of ICU admission, in-hospital mortality, longer lengths of stays, and lower costs.
The findings of this study suggest that hospital admissions that are associated with return visits to the emergency room might not appropriately capture deficits in the quality of care that is being delivered in the emergency department.
These findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on February 16, 2016.