Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

COMPLICATIONS. Teach the patient and family the signs and symptoms of infection, such as increased sputum production, change in sputum color, increased coughing or wheezing, chest pain, fever, and tightness in the chest. Teach the patient how to recognize signs of edema. Make sure the patient knows to call the physician upon recognizing these signs.

MEDICATIONS. Be sure the patient understands any pain medication prescribed, including dosage, route, action, and side effects.

NUTRITION. Explain the importance of maintaining a low-sodium diet. Review nutrition counseling and the prescribed fluid intake.

ONGOING OXYGEN THERAPY. If the patient is going home with low-flow oxygen, ensure that an appropriate vendor is contacted. Determine whether a home care agency needs to evaluate the home for safety equipment and pollution factors.

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