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Improve care and efficiency through effective discharge planning

Nursing Times Learning has launched a new online learning unit, Discharge planning: getting it right for the patient, which looks at how the discharge planning process operates in different situations and to meet different types of patient need.

When patients are discharged from hospital it is vital that any support or services they need are in place and ready for them. Ensuring this happens requires effective discharge plans to be put in place and followed by all members of the multidisciplinary team.

While many patient discharges are relatively simple, increasing numbers of patients are discharged with complex health and social care needs. Failure to meet these needs when patients get home is not only distressing for the patient and family, but increases the likelihood that the patient will be readmitted to hospital.

Effective discharge planning ensures patients are discharged at the appropriate time, making best use of hospital resources; reduces the number of unnecessary readmissions; and improves patient safety and the patient experience.

The unit covers simple and complex discharges, factors to consider when patients are transferred to other departments, and what to do when patients and/or their families disagree with the discharge plan.

Discharge planning: getting it right for the patient is FREE to access for subscribers to Nursing Times, and £10+ VAT for non-subscribers.

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