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Cost of stay and characteristics of patients with stroke and delayed discharge for non-clinical reasons

Abstract: Delayed discharge for non-clinical reasons (bed-blocking) is characteristic of pathologies associated with ageing, loss of functional capacity and dependence such as stroke. The aims of this study were to describe the costs and characteristics of cases of patients with stroke and delayed discharge for non-clinical reasons (bed-blocking) compared with cases of bed-blocking (BB) for other reasons and to assess the relationship between the length of total stay (LOS) with patient characteristics and the context of care. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted at a high complexity public hospital in Northern Spain (2007?2015). 443 stroke patients presented with BB. Delayed discharge increased LOS by approximately one week. The median age was 79.7 years, significantly higher than in cases of BB for other reasons. Patients with stroke and BB are usually older patients, however, when younger patients are affected, their length of stay is longer in relation to the sudden onset of the problem and the lack of adequate functional recovery resources or residential facilities for intermediate care.

 Autoría: Pellico-López A., Fernández-Feito A., Cantarero D., Herrero-Montes M., Cayón-de las Cuevas J., Parás-Bravo P., Paz-Zulueta M.,

 Fuente: Scientifc Reports (2022) 12:10854

 Editorial: Nature Publishing Group

 Año de publicación: 2022

 Nº de páginas: 9

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-14502-5

 ISSN: 2045-2322

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-14502-5