Respiratory complications are the leading non-seizure cause of hospital readmissions in epilepsy

Takeaway

  • After breakthrough seizures, respiratory complications, such as pneumonia and acute respiratory failure, are the leading causes of 30-day unplanned readmissions in people with generalized convulsive epilepsy and status epilepticus.

Why this matters

  • Hospital readmissions place a huge burden on US healthcare; the identification of suitable interventions to reduce respiratory-related readmissions could improve outcomes for people with epilepsy.