"...............NEW YORK - One in five Medicare patients end up back in the hospital within a month of discharge, a large study found, and that practice costs billions of dollars a year. The findings suggest patients aren't told enough about how to take care of themselves and stay healthy before they go home, the researchers said. A few simple things-like making a doctor's appointment for departing patients-can help, they said.
The study found that a surprising half of the non-surgery patients who returned within a month hadn't even seen a doctor between hospital stays.
"Hospitals put more effort into the admission process than they do into the discharge process," said Dr. Eric Coleman, one of the study's authors from the University of Colorado in Denver."
This article just peeves me. I can remember doing lengthy patient teaching on discharge day before a patient went home.
NOW, the patients are sicker, and get kicked out of the ol' front double door when they should be in the hospital for another two days to a week!
The patients are being sent home in such a high acuity state, that there is NO WAY you can cover all the little things that can go wrong once they get home. It used to be that they would have those little problems at the bedside, and the nurse could intervene and do teaching along the way.
It's really sad.