Changes in vital signs post discharge as a potential target for intervention to avoid readmission

R S Nannan Panday, C.P. Subbe, L S van Galen, J Kellett, M Brabrand, C H Nickel, P W B Nanayakkara

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Readmissions are treated as adverse events in many healthcare systems. Causes can be physiological deterioration or breakdown of social support systems. We investigated data from a European multi-centre study of readmissions for changes in vital signs between index admission and readmission. Data sets were graded according to the National Early Warning Score (NEWS). Of 487 patients in whom NEWS could be calculated on discharge and again on re-admission, 39.6% had worse vital signs with a NEWS score difference ≥ 2 points while only 7.6% had improved by ≤ 2 points. Changes in individual vital signs of 20% or more were most common in respiratory rate and heart rate. Monitoring of respiratory rate and pulse rate post-discharge might predict some deteriorations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalAcute Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Patient Discharge/standards
  • Patient Readmission/statistics & numerical data
  • Vital Signs

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