Volume 11, Issue 2
A hospital stay can be characterized by anxiety and concern for patients and families as they not only deal with the reason for the hospital admission but also with the outcome of the visit. Although going home may be welcome, the discharge is often accompanied by the need to follow specific instructions after leaving the hospital. These instructions can result in confusion and even problems that, if left unattended, can result in the patient having to return to the hospital.
Discharge planning helps to ensure the patient’s continued safety and is essential to managing the patient’s care and treatment after he or she leaves the hospital. The Joint Commission addresses discharge planning in its Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services (PC) standards, and it can be considered in tracer activity during onsite accreditation surveys.
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