The amount of changes of advancing technology and knowledge on healthcare is phenomenal. Advanced computers and electronic apparatuses have become a critical component of almost any modern medical treatment, and they have made the medical system significantly and obviously stronger than it used to be. Although this is a very good thing, this certainly does not mean that there is no more opportunity for even more improvement in the effectiveness and potency of health services available. Preventable readmissions are one of the areas of our health services that deserves more attention and focus, because modern improvement is needed. A hospital readmission occurs when patients are readmitted to the hospital after previously having been treated to try and fix their health for good. Because these readmissions sometimes occur after incorrect judgment or insufficient treatment, they can be considered in an inverse relationship with the quality of healthcare provided: better quality healthcare almost always means less readmissions. Therefore, every hospital should now focus on reducing the number of readmissions they have, and consequently improving their service.
There is no one set of common causes of preventable readmissions; every hospital must independently analyze its strengths and weaknesses to try and see where improvement could be made. Some can be very simply the case of diseases that are serious, random, and difficult to detect; these types of diseases could easily resurface without doctors being able to for see. Other diseases or conditions, including certain viral infections, can return spontaneously, making it difficult to avoid some number of hospital readmissions. Sometimes, medical procedures are complicated and unpredictable, leading to inaccurate judgments about recovery and healing. A more serious problem that attention should quickly be brought to should it occur is when a patient may contract a wound or infection, which soon resurfaces, completely separate from the original problem. Among all of these possible causes, a distinction can be drawn between those that are preventable and those that are not. Preventable readmissions are the result of badly thought out procedures or incomplete sanitation and care towards patients being treated at the hospital, often involving deliberate mistakes that ought not to have occurred. The alternative, or readmissions that are not necessarily the fault of the hospital, are not preventable. This latter type will always exist and are not of considerable significance; it is the preventable readmissions that receive the most focus.
No patient wants to be required to undergo a hospital readmission. This is stressful and unpleasant for the patient, who will certainly not be pleased about the prospect of spending any more time at a hospital that he thought he was finished with. Any hospital readmission will also put additional stress on the hospital, which will have to make accommodations for the extra and unexpected patient. These extra expenses, and the associated reduced patient satisfaction, will be a bad element for the hospital’s general reputation and the ability of the hospital to work efficiently and effectively for its patients that really need medical help. Therefore, hospitals are increasingly taking efforts to reduce preventable readmissions to the smallest possible levels. Such action is quite often critical to the continued success of the hospital.
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