Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

PREVENTION. To prevent exacerbations, teach the patient and family to monitor for increased shortness of breath or edema and how to measure fluid intake and output and daily weights. Explain when to notify the physician of changes.

MEDICATIONS. Be sure the patient and family understand all medications, including effects, dosage, route, adverse effects, and the need for routine laboratory monitoring for drugs such as digoxin.

COMPLICATIONS. Instruct the patient to call for emergency assistance for acute shortness of breath or chest discomfort that is not alleviated with rest.

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