Reducing rehospitalizations is a major issue in US healthcare. Rehospitalization is increasingly viewed as a failure of medical care. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s report The Revolving Door: A Report on US Hospital Readmissions claimed that rehospitalizations within 30 days of discharge (also known as “bounce-backs”) occur in 1 of 6 medical and 1 of 8 surgical Medicare patients.

As in everything else in medicine, one size will not fit all. Specific interventions will need to be tailored on the basis of the propensity for developing an infection that requires rehospitalization.