U.S. News & World Report had an article on a new study that found nursing home residents with multiple hospitalizations are at higher risk for death. This study utilized metadata from staff assessments of all nursing home residents in the country from January 2000 to December 2008. Among patients with moderate to severe mental decline, the overall survival after an assessment was 476 days, which varied depending on illnesses, as well as repeat hospitalizations for issues of infection, dehydration, malnutrition, or pneumonia. Those patients died on average within 150 days of the assessment.
The implications of these results aren’t yet known. More research needs to be conducted in order to determine why there is such a large discrepancy between the two numbers. The gap could be due to financial variance, poor communication, or a lack of diagnostic care in nursing homes.