Slide 24

Project RED: Module 2: The Re-Designed Discharge Process: Patient Admission and Care and Treatment Education: Slide 24

Provides a four-module training program to help hospitals implement Project RED.

Discharge Planning Rounds

Image: Photo of a team conducting rounds in a hospital.

Notes:

Preparing the patient for discharge is often left to the last minute, which makes hospital discharge more of an event than a process. Discharge planning ought to be a process and a team activity that begins at admission with frequent and clear communication across disciplines. Discharge planning and education must be comprehensive and address the condition, the medications, discharge orders, follow-up appointments, and other post-discharge services and activities. These issues cannot be decided by nursing or case management alone. Medical staff involvement is important throughout the patient's stay and leads to the decision that discharge is appropriate. With the discharge order written, the final aspects of discharge education and preparation should occur.

Current as of August 2011
Internet Citation: Slide 24: Project RED: Module 2: The Re-Designed Discharge Process: Patient Admission and Care and Treatment Education: Slide 24. August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/red/module2/slide24.html