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More than 870,000 new cases of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) are diagnosed each year. Although CHF affects people of all ages, it is the leading cause of readmissions in adults over the age of 65. Sixty-one percent of heart failure readmissions occur within the first 15 days, and in the long-term care setting, 27-43% of readmission rates are caused by heart failure alone.
With no identified cure for CHF, evidence-based practice must be used to manage the condition. To help reduce readmissions for congestive heart failure:
Post-acute care providers should also focus on symptom relief to reduce rehospitalization for heart failure, and thus improve overall patient outcomes.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hf/causes
Utilize discharge planning tools:
Screen symptomatic patients with common co-morbidities. Perform diagnostic testing, including a complete physical assessment, medication review and labs.
Educate patients and caregivers on:
Diagnosing a CHF exacerbation is generally focused on fluid retention. It is widely believed that the symptoms of fluid overload are evident as much as a week before hospitalization. However, some patients do not admit to symptoms to avoid a return to the hospital – often making their situation worse.
CHF can be treated in place according to physician orders. An automated external defibrillator (AED) should also be available on site.