Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Lose the hospital, get topnotch home care

…The AARP Bulletin for March outlines a forward-leaning program in three study centers that allows people with diseases, such as pneumonia or heart disease, to be treated at home—with better and more cost-effective results than hospitalization.

…Lead author Bruce Leff, MD, of Johns Hopkins, says such patients can get IVs, electrocardiograms, oxygen, x-rays, and other tests and treatments—all in their own homes.

…Every breath they take is not loaded with cooties.

…The Portland VA Medical Center, one of the study sites, is now offering such services to its patients.

…In one case, the ambulance pulled into the hospital, then turned around and brought the patient and a nurse back home.

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