Hospital discharge planning: Involve the patients

Some good practical tips for discharge procedures for hospital staff. As patients, some of these we can request and initiate as well. The list:

  1. Invite and expect our participation from the get-go
  2. Reduce uncertainty
  3. Build skills so we and our caregivers can contribute both in the hospital and at home
  4. Start early in our stay to teach us about specific warning signs

Overall, while the general randomness of hospital life (see Insider tips to surviving your hospital stay) is what it is, I generally had a good sense from my hospital and clinic staff about the overall plan, sequencing, how I could help, and the warning signs (where they drummed this into me repeatedly given post-chemo and transplant risks).

Hospital discharge planning: Involve the patients.


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