A recent study indicates that hospitals that have patient nutrition plans not only save money but their patients also had shorter hospital stays and lower readmission rates, a release on Abbott's website said.
A study backed by Abbott backed unveiled that after Advocate Health Care had nutrition plans in place at four of its Chicago-region hospitals, the company saved $4.8 million, the release said.
Medical experts have discovered that when people who are in the hospital don't get the nutrients that they need, those people have a harder time getting better, have more of a chance of getting complications and also have more of a chance of having to go back to the hospital. Abbott cited Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project December 2016 statistics when it wrote that on average, a person's stay in the hospital runs a hospital $2,000 daily.
When Advocate Healthcare put in two versions of a system where it could make sure patients who were deemed at risk of malnutrition could get the nutrients they need, Advocate Healthcare discovered that that system cut down on the number of people who had to go back to the hospital by 27 percent and cut the average time a person stayed at the hospital by almost two days, the release said.
Advocate also discovered that the system cut almost $3,800 in expenses for each patient whose care included treatment for malnutrition, the release said.