Heart Failure Readmission and Rebound Hospitalisations

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A 2017 study found that over 30% of hospitalisations for heart failure in Australia and New Zealand resulted in death or readmission within 30 days. Unfortunately, there are few working solutions for reducing readmission that are routinely offered, outside of an ever-expanding series of medication options.

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The medical system tends to treat heart failure as a primarily physical problem with physical solutions. However, patients with HF also experience many 'nonphysical' problems. Physical training, educational services, cognitive retraining, medication education and depression screening can all be valuable assets in the ever-expanding quest to diminish hospital readmissions for these patients.


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Andrea Salzman
Andrea Salzman, MS, PT graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master’s degree in physical therapy in 1992. Over the last two decades, she has held numerous prominent leadership roles in the physical therapy field, with a heavy emphasis on academic writing and administrative functions. Between 1995 and 1998, Salzman served as the Editor-in-Chief of an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) journal. In 2010, Salzman received one of the highest honors given to a physical therapist from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Judy Cirullo Leadership Award. Between 2012 and the present, Salzman has written 12 physical therapy courses for Care2Learn, Relias Learning and reviewed over 100 other course offerings. Currently, Salzman continues in her writing, leadership and administrative roles at Aquatic Therapy University and 10K Health.
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Christine Anderson
09 Sep 2020
Good overview of areas that need to be reviewed for hf patients and gaps that could be improved in delivery of patient care. The article is very patient centred
Louise Macfarlane
31 Mar 2020
Excellent and well resourced.
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Judith Roberts
29 May 2023
This was an informative and interesting article.
Tanya Sibilant
07 Sep 2021
Excellent in underlining the importance of full and holistic patient evaluation to prevent rebound admissions
Sam Noble
05 Apr 2020
Good and helpful article. Very helpful for practice.
Joshua Lachaal
06 Mar 2020
It was really good and eye-opening I learnt a lot around cardiac arrest and the RESPA Tory system
Anne Domingo
10 May 2020
great resource!
Karolina Berecz
21 Mar 2020
Great resource
Jayne Coyne
11 Mar 2020
Good overview of CHF, interesting the part played by social factors.
Katie Stone
09 Sep 2020
Good read
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