Home Health Care Availability and Discharge Delays in Children With Medical Complexity

An increasing proportion of pediatric hospital days are attributed to technology-dependent children. The impact that a pediatric home care nursing (HCN) shortage has on increasing length of hospital stay and readmissions in this population is not well documented.

PHS Medical Director Roy Maynard, MD, recently collaborated with local healthcare providers on a 12-month study of children with medical complexities discharging with home health to determine the causes for delayed discharge and how a shortage of home care nurses impacted the outcome. Read the entire abstract in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Originally published: December 4, 2018