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Summary of this study. Researchers compared hospital admission rates among nursing home residents before and after the nursing home staff received specialized training on how to avoid hospitalizations using early intervention techniques.
POLST Program Enables Patients to Document Wishes for Life-Sustaining Treatment New study Links Program to Lower Rates of Unwanted Hospitalization
Nursing home patients who participate in a program that enables them to record their wishes for life-sustaining treatment are far less likely to receive unwanted hospitalization and medical interventions than are other patients, say the researchers of a new multi-state study.
Hospitalizations can be very difficult for nursing home residents. They can be upsetting and uncomfortable, and can increase risks of medical complications. Spending a lot of time in a hospital bed can result in loss of strength, which can leave an older person more likely to fall. Older adults may … more