Patient Safety--Hospital Discharge

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Being discharged from the hospital can be dangerous for patients. Nearly 20 percent of patients experience an adverse event in the first three weeks after discharge. Dr. Edward Hill gives some advice on things to do to ensure things go smoothly after leaving the hospital in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You have just finished your hospital stay, and where you go next depends on the type of care you need.

Once discharged, the goal is to avoid a return trip to the hospital. Unplanned, often preventable, hospital admissions and readmissions cost billions of dollars each year and take a significant toll on patients and families.

Wherever your health care journey leads you, always be sure to know the next steps for follow-up care. If you have questions on medications or instructions, speak up.

Make sure that your discharge instructions are clear and easy to understand. If you dont understand something, make sure to ask questions and get clarification.

Remember to keep all follow up appointments. This will ensure that you are staying on track with your health care needs and any changes to medications or additional needed tests or treatments can be completed.

If you are ever concerned about changes in your health, call your doctor right away. Keeping you safe and healthy is the number one priority.

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