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Researchers found the most common cause for a patient's early hospital readmission after discharge was for respiratory distress. Pexels

A team of health experts, including those of Indian-origin, has found that people who recovered from the Covid-19 disease are being commonly readmitted to the hospital within 14 days of being discharged majorly for respiratory complications.

Researchers found the most common cause for a patient’s early hospital readmission after discharge was for respiratory distress.


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These patientts were also more likely to have other ailments including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertension, said Girish Nadkarni and Anuradha Lala from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in the US.

“This study shows that many patients have lingering effects from hospitalisation for Covid-19 and thus, there is opportunity for longitudinal studies that could further assess the long-term effects of Covid on patient outcomes when they are discharged,” Nadkarni said.

Of the nearly 2,900 discharged people, more than 100 returned for emergency care after about 4.5 days and 56 of those returning patients required readmittance into the hospital.


Of the nearly 2,900 discharged patients, more than 100 returned for emergency care after about 4.5 days. Pexels

Half the patients returned for respiratory complications. Compared to patients who did not return, those returning had higher rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertension.

Patients who returned also had a shorter length hospital stay during treatment, lower rates of anticoagulation treatment, and were less likely to require intensive care.

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Age, sex, and race/ethnicity were no different among readmitted patients compared to those who did not return.

“As we move into a phase where Covid-19 is no longer a novel disease, we must transition our attention to the post-acute phase to understand how to keep patients well and out of the hospital,” Lala said.

The findings provide insight that can potentially lead to improved care for patients hospitalised with Covid-19 to reduce both complications after discharge and hospital readmissions, the authors wrote in a paper published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. (IANS)


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The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)


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