SAN ANTONIO – , results of a retrospective, single-center analysis suggest.
The number of sepsis survivors at risk for hospital readmission rose substantially in recent years, according to the analysis of 17,256 adult medical and surgical admissions to University of Pennsylvania Health System hospitals between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2015. The journalpublished these results online as Mark E. Mikkelsen, MD, was presenting them at the Critical Care Congress sponsored by the Society for Critical Care Medicine.
Over the time period that Dr. Mikkelsen and his colleagues analyzed, the proportion of sepsis hospitalizations more than doubled from 3.9% to 9.4%, while in-hospital mortality rates for sepsis hospitalizations fell from 24.1% to 14.8%. As a result, the proportion of discharged patients at risk for readmission increased from 2.7% to 7.8%, noted Dr. Mikkelsen, associate professor of medicine at the Hospital of the University Of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.