Thursday, June 26, 2008

Study says hospitals showing patients the door

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (admit it, you never heard of this agency before) has released a report saying that it has documented 800 cases where Pennsylvania hospitals discharged patients without providing them with property instructions.

That can jeopardize patient safety, the report concludes.

"Discharge is a critical time period when a patient who is leaving the hospital must know and understand how to take care of themselves once they are at home," Dr. Ana Pujols-McKee, chair of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said. "The data we received shows there are a lot of issues that must be addressed to improve the discharge process so that patients are not at risk of harm once they go home."

Read more about the study at the link below.

Data from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Shows Incomplete Discharge Processes May Lead to Patient Harm

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