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Hip Fractures: What Information Does the Evidence Show That Patients and Families Need to Decrease 30-Day Readmission?

Gardner, Kristin O'Mara

doi: 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000190

The current bundled payment reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not cover the additional cost of hospital readmission for the same diagnosis, and patients with hip fractures have one of the highest cost-saving opportunities when compared with other admission reasons. Common reasons for readmission to the hospital after hip fracture include pneumonia, dehydration, and mobility issues. The learning modalities including visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic were used to make recommendations on how the education can be incorporated into the instruction of patients with hip fractures and their families. These learning techniques can be used to develop education to decrease possibility of 30-day readmission after hip fracture. Nurses must focus their education to meet the needs of each individual patient, adapting to different types of adult learners to increase the health literacy of patients with hip fractures and their families.

Kristin O'Mara Gardner, RN, MSN Student, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH, and Registered Nurse, ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Toledo, OH.

The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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