How to avoid trips to the ER for those with multiple sclerosis.
More people with MS are being admitted to hospital for emergency care that could be avoided, according to new figures published last week.
Wilmington Healthcare is an organisation that provides healthcare data and insight. They worked with the MS Trust to analyse hospital admission records of people in England over the past two years. They found that:
- There were 26,679 emergency hospital admissions for people with MS in 2015/16, compared to 23,665 in 2013/14. That’s an increase of 12.7%
These admissions have cost the NHS a total of £46 million.
- A large proportion of this emergency care was for problems which could have been avoided, like urinary tract infections, respiratory issues, and bladder and bowel issues.
- One in five of all people living with MS in England were admitted to hospital as an emergency in 2015/16.
Prevention is key
Sue Thomas, from Wilmington Healthcare, says this latest report shows the problems highlighted in their original 2013/4 analysis have increased.
But if more was done earlier to prevent the need for emergency care, people with MS would benefit greatly. It would also reduce pressures on struggling A&E departments.
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