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The many variations of CHF discharge instructions

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, October 1, 2009

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Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a health problem that requires special care and follow-up for patients.

Dickinson County Healthcare System (DCHS) in Iron Mountain, MI, and Smithville (TX) Regional Hospital (SRH) each decided to revamp their CHF discharge instructions to help avoid CHF patient readmission. As a result, both facilities saw a drop in their readmission rates and a general acceptance of discharge instructions from patients and staff members alike.

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