Slide 4

Project RED: Re-Engineered Discharge (Staff Training)

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

"Perfect Storm" of Patient Safety

  • 39.5 million hospital discharges per year
  • $329.2 billion in total annual costs
  • PI structure
  • Hospital discharge is not standardized and is marked with poor quality
    • Loose ends
    • Poor communication
    • Poor quality information
    • Poor preparation
    • Fragmentation
    • Great variability
  • 19 percent of patients have a post-discharge adverse event
  • 20 percent of Medicare patients are readmitted within 30 days; only half had a visit in the 30 days after discharge


"Nationwide there is great room for improvement in the hospital discharge process. This slide shows the volume of hospital discharges and the associated costs with these patients. We may think we are preparing our patients to go home, but the typical issues associated with poor discharges are listed here. Think about which ones may be affecting how we discharge our patients."

Page last reviewed August 2011
Internet Citation: Slide 4: Project RED: Re-Engineered Discharge (Staff Training). August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.