Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

PREVENTION. To prevent complications of wound infection and impaired wound healing, review wound care instructions with the patient and family. Verify that they can demonstrate proper care with understanding and accuracy.

MEDICATIONS. Verify that the patient understands all medications, including dosage, route, action, and adverse effects. Provide written instructions to the patient or family.

FOLLOW-UP. Review with the patient all follow-up appointments that are arranged. If home care is necessary, verify that appropriate arrangements have been completed. Make sure that patients with self-inflicted wounds have counseling and support before and after the discharge.

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