The effect of standard health treatment in its modern form on day to day life is impressive. In the last few decades, computers and other tools have revolutionized almost all hospitals, and they have made the likelihood of survival of most people with any sort of disease much better. This is very fortunate, but this certainly does not mean that there is no more opportunity for further additions to our already advanced health services. Preventable readmissions serve as a great example of this concept; they are a big problem that we should try and fix. A hospital readmission occurs when patients are readmitted to the hospital following an unsuccessful treatment attempt that did not induce durable health. Because these readmissions sometimes occur after incorrect judgment or insufficient treatment, a high number of readmissions is a key indication of poor health service provision. Therefore, every hospital should now focus on reducing the number of readmissions they have, and consequently improving their service.
Readmissions to the hospital can and do occur for a great variety of reasons. Some can be very simply the case of diseases that are serious, random, and difficult to detect; these types of diseases could easily resurface without doctors being able to for see. Other diseases or conditions, including certain viral infections, can return spontaneously, making it difficult to avoid some number of hospital readmissions. Sometimes, medical procedures are complicated and unpredictable, leading to inaccurate judgments about recovery and healing. Other times, during the original stay at the hospital, a patient may contract a wound or infection, which soon resurfaces, completely separate from the original problem. Among all of these possible causes, a distinction can be drawn between those that are preventable and those that are not. Preventable readmissions are the result of flawed treatment or incomplete safety procedures that ought not to have transpired. The alternative, or readmissions that are not necessarily the fault of the hospital, are not really preventable, and cannot be blamed on the hospital, its staff, or its procedures. This latter type will always exist and are not of considerable significance; it is the preventable readmissions that receive the most focus.
No patient wants to be required to undergo a hospital readmission. This is stressful and unpleasant for the patient, who will certainly not be pleased about the prospect of spending any more time at a hospital that he thought he was finished with. Any hospital readmission will also put additional stress on the hospital, which will have to make accommodations for the extra and unexpected patient. These extra expenses, and the associated reduced patient satisfaction, will be a bad element for the hospital’s general reputation and the ability of the hospital to work efficiently and effectively for its patients that really need medical help. Therefore, hospitals are increasingly taking efforts to reduce preventable readmissions by as much as they possibly can. Such action is quite often critical to the continued success of the hospital.