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Homecare nursing shortage leads to discharge delays

January 10, 2019HME News Staff

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A homecare nursing shortage is the primary cause of delayed hospital discharges for children being discharged to home care for the first time, according to a new study from Pediatric Home Service. Delayed discharge occurred in 68.5% of patients new to homecare with 46.3% due to not having available homecare nursing. The nursing shortage accounted for an average length of stay increase of more than 53 days for new patients. The study also shows that medical setbacks, not failed home...

Dr. Roy Maynard, homecare nurses, Pediatric Home Service, pediatrics


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