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Live After 50

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Added: Tue. Feb 12, 2013 1:29pm
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ALICE HORNBAKER SHOW

ON AIR WMKV 89.3 FM

WMKVFM.ORG INTERNET

WMKVSHOW 2-11-13

Hello again. This is Alice Hornbaker for WMKV 89.3 FM and wmkvfm.org streaming my column “Life After 50” around the world on the Internet Mondays and Thursdays at 2:20 p.m. and Fridays at 8:50 am. And as a blog on growingbolder.com, Facebook and Linkedin.com.

Have you ever heard the term, “Post-hospital syndrome”? If you haven’t, you will now because a new report says one in five Medicare patients have had it and because of it, return to hospitalization after a stay within a month of leaving the hospital.

What? Aren’t hospitalizations supposed to make you better?

Well, the problem is not because of a patient’s previous illness flaring up again, but rather because the patients have a new problem perhaps caused by the trauma itself from being hospitalized in the first place.

Sounds complicated?

Well, anything that affects how we feel as we are being treated while ill or even having a toxic self-perception about the degree of our illnesses, is.

In an article by Liz Szabo in USA Today she wrote that patients, many of them seniors (again 1 in 5 Medicare patients), go to hospitals for one problem, but leave with another.

That is how Harlan Krumbolz, a professor at Yale School of Medicine, created the term “post hospital syndrome.” It means a temporary period of increased vulnerability to all kinds of risks from falls to heart attacks after leaving the hospital.

Wow. It happened to me. I went to a hospital in December in an emergency vehicle diagnosed with pneumonia.

Three days later I was discharged. Overnight the ETM’s again took me back to the hospital after a medication I’d come home with made me faint.

This Yale study showed the post-hospital syndrome isn’t because of poor hospital care or even medical mistakes, but the routine itself of being a patient.

Patients often discover that once in the ER or admitted into a room they are constantly being interrupted to do a test or take a pill or check vitals. Often too it is the trauma of just too much noise or too bright lights.

I remember at first being put in to a crowded room with another patient who had about a half dozen noisy visitors. I almost went ballistic. Quickly they found a single room for me.

The author of this study said hospitals today, even as they compete for patients, many of whom are Medicare patients, also must address these patients’ trauma issues of being in a hospital and even in leaving too soon. He added that the goal must be to make a hospital stay less toxic, more healing and somehow more soothing.

Having just experienced much of the above, I say good luck with that.

For WMKV 89.3 FM and wmkvfm.org on the Internet, this is Alice Hornbaker.



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