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Four in 10 emergency admissions from care homes could be avoided with better community care, says report

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 25 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4876
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London, UK

Emergency admissions to hospital from care homes could be reduced significantly by increasing NHS support and giving better preventative care, a new report from the Health Foundation has found.1

The analysis found that 41% of emergency admissions from care homes were for avoidable conditions that are potentially manageable, treatable, or preventable outside of a hospital setting, or that could have been caused by poor care or neglect. These conditions include chest infections, pressure sores, and urinary tract infections.

Although only 2.8% of older people live in a care home, they …

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