Can someone please help me understand why unplanned hospitals discharges are such a negative in LTC and SNF's? I recently had 6 patient go to the hospital, five out of the six were admitted. Only one out of the five I feel we could have treated within our facility, but the Dr. insisted we send her out. I have received a lot of grief from corporate about "why" we are sending out so many people. How do other DON's judge on who should go to the hospital?
Jul 20, '11
If the resident goes to the hospital, you lose money. It's that simple.
All studies show that residents do better overall when treated in a familiar environment so it's best for them to be kept where they live (your facility) and treated there. I discuss with the docs what we can and cannot do in the SNF. We do labs slower but they get done. We do IVs, xrays, suctioning, oxygen....everything except ventilators.
I have a weekly report to send to corporate which explains what the symptoms were, which doc sent them, which shift they went out on, were they admitted and what was the diagnosis, name of the RN who assessed them before they got sent out and what we tried in house before we sent them.
Jul 27, '11
Capecod can you share your sheet? This was just discussed in my building this am and I need an action plan. Thanks for any help.
Jul 28, '11
I'll post it tomorrow...don't have a copy at home.