Discharge Planning

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The process of discharge planning prepares you to leave the hospital. It should begin soon after you are admitted. Dr. Edward Hill discusses discharge planning in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A trip to the hospital can be an intimidating event for patients and their families. As a patient or caregiver, you are focused completely on medical treatment, and so is the hospital staff. You might not be giving much thought to what happens when leaving the hospital.

But the way this transition is handled is critical to the health and well-being of the patient. Studies have found that improvements in hospital discharge planning can dramatically improve outcomes for patients as they move to the next level of care.

Ideally, discharge planning is done with a team approach. In general, the basics of a discharge plan are:

Evaluation of the patient by qualified personnel

Discussion with the patient or his or her representative

Planning for homecoming or transfer to another care facility

Determining if caregiver training or other support is needed

Referrals to home care agency or appropriate support organization and

Arranging for follow-up appointments or tests.

Know who to call if questions come up after you or your loved one are discharged.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.