One of the biggest goals for doctors who treat patients in the hospital is making certain that they go home and don't have to return quickly.

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How to tackle premature readmission

November 06, 2018 - 5:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One of the biggest goals for doctors who treat patients in the hospital is making certain that they go home and don't have to return quickly. 

No one wants to return to the hospital if they do not have to. 

Research is now being performed where the issue of premature readmissions is being studied. 

Traditionally, one of the most difficult times is the weekend. In many hospitals, there is a weekend staff that is quite capable of handling critical health issues but not quite as effective when discharging patients and following up. 

The new study in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery found the most important members of the healthcare team needed are those who help provide care at home. The family physician, home care nursing and social worker should all be available to review home care with the patient. 

In addition, the patient needs to have reliable ways to contact providers from home and understand the medications they are taking home.