Quote from milosmom
I am doing a management project on ways to improve discharge teaching in the Med-Surg department. Does anyone have effective methods besides the standard hospital protocol that is given at discharge? How do you verify if the patient understands the teaching? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I don't know what to tell you on your management project, maybe other's will chime in on that. But when I do discharge teaching, I teach disease process, ie., is someone has cirrhosis, I teach to stay away from tylenol, fluid restriction, etc. If some one has diabetes, I reinforce teaching and stress importance of maintaining tight control, etc.
We don't have a protocol. I just try to teach the patient what I know about his/her
condition. I try to teach the patient in the same way I would care for myself or a
family member. And to make sure the pt understands the teaching, I have them repeat
my instructions back to me to make sure they understand and I also assess any needs maybe for social work consult if they have any road blocks that can or will prevent them
from caring for themselves. Some people are just plain hard headed and won't do
anything they're told regardless.