Experts Worry Older Adults Are Vulnerable To “Post-Hospital Syndrome.”

August 3, 2018

The New York Times (8/3, Span) reported some experts say older adults are vulnerable to “post-hospital syndrome,” a vulnerable position they believe “underlies the stubbornly high rate of hospital readmissions among older patients.” Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist at Yale University who “coined the phrase ‘post-hospital syndrome,’” has “argued instead that discharge marks the start of a 60- to 90-day period of increased vulnerability to a range of other health problems, stemming from the stress of hospitalization itself.” He explained, “This is more than inconvenience. ... This is toxic. It’s detrimental to people’s recovery.”

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