Most Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Patients Die Within Five Years

August 28, 2019

(Reuters) – Most elderly patients admitted to long-term acute care hospitals die within 5 years, and spend two-thirds of their remaining life as an inpatient, a U.S. study suggests. The goal of long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) is to help patients recover from debilitating illnesses and injuries and regain their ability to live independently. Patients in LTACHs are very ill and may need cardiac monitoring, intravenous lines and mechanical ventilators.