Discharge planning starts at admission
One of the most important duties nurses have is to prepare patients for discharge. Teaching patients about their conditions, medications, self-care strategies and the importance of follow-up care, can help patients maintain an optimum level of health and reduce their chances of readmission to the hospital. And experts say the sooner discharge planning is begun, the better.
It’s never too early to start strategizing this part of the healing process
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By Carole Jakucs, BSN, RN, PHN
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