Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Teach the patient ways to avoid binge-purge episodes through a balanced diet. Discuss effective ways of coping with needs and feelings. Explore ways to identify and handle stress and anxiety. Teach the patient strategies to increase self-esteem. Explore ways to maintain increased independence and the patient's own choices.

Burns

DRG Category: 460

Mean LOS: 5.6 days

Description: MEDICAL: Nonextensive Burns without Operating Room Procedure DRG Category: 457 Mean LOS: 3.0 days Description: MEDICAL: Extensive Burns without Operating Room Procedure

Burns have a catastrophic effect on people in terms of human life, suffering, disability, and financial loss. Burns are the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States; approximately 5000 people die each year from burns. Each year an estimated 2 million Americans experience burns severe enough to seek medical care. Most burn care is delivered in the emergency department, although 70,000 people require hospitalization each year in the United States. The skin injury from burns has six different mechanisms of injury: scalds, contact burns, fire, chemical, electrical, and radiation. The physiological responses to moderate and major burns are outlined in Table 6.

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