January 27, 2013

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REDUCE POST-HOSPITAL SYNDROME? “Hospital is a dangerous place, especially for the old and very sick — which is one reason why a measure of a hospital’s efficiency is the speed with which it discharges patients home after treatment. Another reason for this measure is, of course, economy. Long stays in hospital are hugely expensive. However, aiming to discharge patients as quickly as possible may be neither humane nor efficient.”