Data Analysis Reveals that Nutritional Supplementation Can Significantly Reduce Patient Hospital Stays

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A recent study from Abbott showed that when patients are given an oral nutritional supplementation during their hospital stay, the length of the patients overall hospital stay is reduced.  Based on the results of this data analysis, patients will be capable of returning to their homes sooner, and hospitals and insurance companies will also experience significant cost savings.  Further, for patients with a previous history of hospital readmission, this risk was reduced when they were given the nutritional supplement during their previous hospital stay.

 

About the Research Study

Data collected from 2000 to 2010 from over one million adult patients was closely examined. Specifically, the information regarding patients who took the oral nutritional supplement and patients who did not take a supplement was compared and analyzed using modern advanced analytics tools.  From this information, it was discovered that patients who took the oral nutritional supplement stayed in the hospital’s care 2.3 days less than patients who were not provided with that supplement. In turn, the healthcare system saved twenty-one percent, or $4735, per patient.

 

“Because oral nutritional supplements are formulated to provide advanced nutrition and calories for patients and are relatively inexpensive to provide, the sizeable savings they generate make supplementation a cost-effective therapy,” concluded one of the researchers, Tomas Philipson PhD, and the Daniel Levin Chair of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

 

Conclusions from this Data

In general, patients with any type of nutritional deficiency usually have a more difficult and longer recovery time. In turn, this situation can result in more health-related complications and higher healthcare costs.  As the data analysis reveals that oral nutritional supplements can help patients and decrease healthcare costs, this practice may well become more widely adopted in the future.

 

Larisa Redins

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