Level of Care and Complications Among Geriatric Patients Discharged from the Medical Service of a Teaching Hospital

J. W. Favis, M. F. Shapiro, R. L. Kane

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Abstract

To assess the effects of hospitalization on the subsequent placement and supportive care of elderly patients, the medical records of 233 consecutive patients aged 75 years or older, admitted to the medical service of a university hospital, were reviewed. The level of care on admission and at discharge, hospital‐associated complications, and demographic data were abstracted for each patient. At discharge, 1 per cent returned to a nursing home, 6 per cent were newly placed in a nursing home, 65 per cent returned to the same level of care as on admission, 10 per cent returned home with an increased level of care, and 18 per cent died or were discharged to another acute care facility. Complications occurred in 30 per cent of patients but did not correlate with age, increased level of care at discharge, or increased rate of nursing home placement. Few elderly patients were discharged to nursing homes, and most returned home without arrangements for increased care. 1984 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-430
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1984

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