Fourteen percent of hospital readmissions caused by hospital associated infections

About fourteen percent of hospital readmissions are caused by hospital associated infections (HAI’s), according to an article in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Researchers conducted a three month study examining hospital readmissions within 28 days of discharge. 

Key findings of the study include:

  • Surgical site infections were the most common hospital associated infection that caused readmission
  • Other readmissions were caused by hospital associated pneumonia and vascular-device associated bloodstream infection
  • Over fifty percent of readmitted patients were Hispanic, some requiring an interpreter

The researchers suggest screening readmitted patients for HAIs to track the impact on readmissions.  The researchers also note that more research should be done to examine the impact of interpreters on hospital readmission rates.

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, September 22, 2010; Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, http://www.journals.uchicago.edu, November 2010 (subscription required).