The frequency of and reasons for acute hospital transfers of older nursing home residents
2013 (English)In: Archives of gerontology and geriatrics (Print), ISSN 0167-4943, E-ISSN 1872-6976, Vol. 58, no 1, 115-120 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of the study was to examine the frequency of and reason for transfer from nursing homes to the emergency department (ED), whether these transfers led to admission to a hospital ward, and whether the transfer rate differs as a function of type of nursing home provider and to identify the frequency of avoidable hospitalizations as defined by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). The design was retrospective, descriptive. Data were collected in a Swedish municipality where 30,000 inhabitants are 65 years or older. Structured reviews of the electronic healthcare records were performed. Included were residents living in a nursing home age 65+, with healthcare records including documented transfers to the ED during a 9-month period in 2010. The transfer rate to the ED was 594 among a total of 431 residents (M = 1.37 each). 63% resulted in hospitalization (M = 7.12 days). Nursing home's transfer rate differed between 0.00 and 1.03 transfers/ bed and was higher for the private for-profit providers than for public/private non-profit providers. One- fourth of the transfers were caused by falls and/or injuries, including fractures. The frequency of avoidable hospitalizations was 16% among the 375 hospitalizations. The proportion of transfers to the ED ranged widely between nursing homes. The reasons for this finding ought to be explored.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 58, no 1, 115-120 p.
Avoidable hospitalization, emergency department, hospital admission, care provider
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Medical Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-207769DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2013.08.002ISI: 000325984500020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-207769DiVA: diva2:649472