Case Management

Sneak Peek: Prepare a safe, timely discharge plan

Case Management Weekly, April 18, 2012

By Rochelle Schiller, RN, MBA

Discharge planning is all about having patients and families adequately prepared for their planned transition when the discharge order is written. Here are a few suggestions to help ensure that the discharge order is in sync with a well-prepared discharge plan.

The first step to a comprehensive discharge plan is to ensure that a planning assessment is completed with 24-48 hours of admission. Included in that discharge planning should be a discussion with the patient that covers the following topics:

  • Readmission risk factors
  • Financial and clinical risks
  • The patient’s ability to perform ADLs, including shopping, paying bills, and medication management
  • How well the patient (or his or her family) is managing his or her current plan

This item is adapted from an article which originally appeared in the April Case Management Monthly published by HCPro, Inc.

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