August 16, 2022
U.S. patients are feeling the effects of delayed care during the pandemic, requiring more complex care and more time in the hospital to recover.
A new report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) evaluates how patient acuity has changed during the pandemic and the toll of delayed care on the health care system. Released this week, the AHA report notes how missed routine screenings and scheduled procedures have led to patients requiring higher levels of care.
“The confluence of these factors has contributed to patients experiencing more severe disease, in many cases requiring longer hospitalizations and more intensive treatments,” the report said.
Among the highlights from the report:
HAP continues to advocate for resources to ensure hospitals have the support they need to deliver outstanding care in their communities.
Additionally, HAP encourages everyone to stay up to date on their health care, including their scheduled procedures, screenings, vaccinations, and routine visits. Routine testing and exams and other preventive health care can prevent more serious health issues in the future.
The report is available to review online.
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