Just being in the hospital can cause certain problems, particularly infections (called hospital-acquired infections Hospital-Acquired Infections People who are admitted to the hospital are at risk of acquiring an infection there. Such infections are called nosocomial infections. In the United States, approximately 4 to 5% of people who... read more ). Other problems include
Problems associated with extended bed rest Problems Due to Bed Rest Staying in bed for a long time without regular physical activity, as may occur in a hospital, can cause many problems. (See also Problems Due to Hospitalization.) A leg injury, leg surgery,... read more , including blood clots and pressure sores Pressure Sores
Sometimes one problem leads to another. When hospitalized, certain people—those who are confused, depressed, or undernourished or who are older—often become less able to take care of themselves. People who cannot adequately care for themselves are more likely to have longer stays in hospital and end up being sent to a nursing home Nursing Homes Nursing homes are for people who need help with health care for chronic conditions but do not need to be hospitalized. The decision to move to a nursing home may be triggered by a change in... read more after discharge.
If the person or family members anticipate problems, they should discuss preventive measures with staff members. For example, if communicating is a problem because of language differences or hearing impairment, family members should tell hospital staff members. Staff members can take measures to help, such as arranging for in-person professional translators or other remote translation services (eg, using video conferencing or tablet computers).