«A rise in patient acuity over the next decade will create an even greater strain on hospitals’ resources, according to a report released Tuesday by Vizient and its subsidiary Sg2. Acuity is defined as the measurement of a patient’s severity of illness and the intensity of care required.»

«The rise in acuity, fueled by an increase in Americans requiring inpatient chronic condition care, will outpace inpatient volume and increase patients’ length of stay. The report predicts hospitals’ adult inpatient volumes will recover from pre-pandemic levels but grow only 2% over the next decade. However, adult inpatient days are expected to rise by 8% during the same time, and tertiary inpatient days — which refers to patients who need highly specialized medical care  —are expected to grow by 17%.» 

Article written by Katie Adams



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