Many sick children are taken out of the hospital without following the doctor’s advice. Those who are taken from the hospital are twice as likely to die as those who are not.
A recent study by Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition (Chain) revealed this information, according to a press release issued by the International Center for Diarrhea Research Bangladesh (ICDDRB). The Bangladeshi institute has worked as a research partner.
Despite following medical guidelines, the chain study found that children with severe malnutrition were five times more likely to die within 30 days of hospitalization than relatively well-fed children. Children discharged from the hospital are also at risk of death. The chain study found that half of all registered deaths occurred after hospital discharge.
Some sick children were taken out of the hospital without consulting a doctor and children who did not leave the hospital following a doctor’s advice were twice as likely to die.
Malnourished children do not suffer from disease just because of lack of food. Their nutrition, health and death risk are also affected by the social and family circumstances of their caregivers.
The study, entitled ‘Reducing the Death Risk of Sick and Malnourished Children’, makes separate recommendations for health and medical professionals, policy makers and members of society.
The study found that low- and middle-income countries had a higher risk of dying from diarrhea, pneumonia, severe infections and malaria, and in the aftermath of these diseases.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition (Chain) Network included in their study a total of nine hospitalized sick children aged 2 to 23 months in four African and two South Asian countries.