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Day surgery discharge needs improvement


Patient experience following day surgery discharge could be improved with a more proactive attitude towards planning from nurses, according to UK researchers in the Journal of Clinical Nursing online.

They interviewed 145 patients who talked about difficulties in caring for themselves and a desire for professional support after discharge.

The authors said: “Discharge planning should be started at the pre-assessment stage of the day surgery process and should be a joint venture between community staff, patients and day surgery nurses.”


Readers' comments (4)

  • Did it really need research to question how and where patients are going to be discharged to after a surgical procedure. Words almost fail me.

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  • Anonymous | 25-Jul-2011 10:54 pm

    does this mean a lack of interest or what happens to patients after discharge?

    there is obviously a need for this study in order to improve after care.

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  • Anonymous | 25-Jul-2011 11:12 pm

    I obviously didn't get my message over. Certainly not a lack of interest, most definitely not. It should be obvious to ask how patients are going to cope after surgery, and set up approprite services. It shouldn't need research to tell us that is part of nursing care. What I meant is surely we do that without having to be told

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  • Sadly my own experience with day surgery was less than a happy one, don't get complacent thinking that 'surely' some things happen as matter of course, they don't.
    i had day surgery following major surgery for prostate cancer and found that "the day ward has no patient facilities for washing, you will have to go home coverred in the blood you have been laid in for a few hours" and "you need to keep your catheter in overnight but we do not provide leg bags so you will have to keep the overnight bag and hold it in yor hand as you walk to your car". I think the paperwork for discharge was proably the only thing that had been thought through! As a nurse it made me rather more sad than angry, I have always been quite proud of our local hospital.

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