Infections raise risk of dangerous blood clots in the elderly, study finds

Share this article:
Seniors suffering from virtually any type of infection are more likely to be hospitalized for dangerous blood clots in their deep veins or lungs, a new study finds.

People whose infections that develop during a previous nursing home or hospital stay are up to seven times more likely to be hospitalized for such a clot, according to University of Michigan Health System investigators who studied data from Medicare and the national Health and Retirement Study.

The study coincides with nationwide efforts to reduce hospital readmissions as well as rising hospitalization rates for venous thromboembolism, experts observed.

“We would like to decrease the number of preventable hospitalizations, both for the benefit of the patient and to help bring down the cost of medicine,” lead author Mary Rogers, Ph.D., said. “We wanted to study the triggers of hospitalization to help us understand what is driving such admissions and to think about actions we can take in order to prevent these hospitalizations.”

The study was released April 3, ahead of print, in the journal Circulation.

Share this article:

More in News

Dignity Award Gold won by Archie Hendricks Sr. SNF

Dignity Award Gold won by Archie Hendricks Sr. ...

A skilled nursing facility that sits on a Native American reservation has taken Gold in the Dignity category for the third annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards.

Therapeutic program reverses Alzheimer's memory loss, UCLA researcher says

An intensive therapy regimen involving medication, diet and behavioral changes successfully reversed Alzheimer's-related memory loss in a first-of-its-kind trial, according to findings out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Employee cleared of sexual assault charges wins $1 million defamation suit against ...

A former assisted living worker in South Carolina has received a $1 million award after being falsely accused of trying to sexually assault a resident, according to local news sources.