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‘Post-hospital syndrome’ ups readmission risk for outpatient elective surgery patients

Patients who have been hospitalized within the last 90 days have a special vulnerability in the healthcare setting to “post-hospital syndrome (PHS),” according to a study presented this week at the annual meeting of the Western Surgical Association.

PHS is an acquired condition caused by the multiplicity of stressors on inpatients. The lack of sleep and appetite, as well as dehydration and anxiousness, can leave their bodies vulnerable for long periods of time.