Mobility Measure New Vital Sign for Elderly

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Researchers have identified a new vital sign for the elderly — their mobility measure. The small but significant study at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a featured story in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, has shown that hospitalized elderly patients who take short walks around the hospital unit tend to leave the hospital sooner. From this discovery, researchers feel they’re just steps away from identifying the amount of mobility that can prevent further health declines in the elderly — whether in or out of the hospital.

Confirming the patient’s understanding of discharge instructions and conducting a home visit following discharge are high on the list of successful strategies to reduce hospital readmissions, according to preliminary survey results. Have some other suggestions that are working for your organization? Wednesday is the last day to take our Reducing Hospital Readmissions survey and receive an e-summary of the results once they are compiled.

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