Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Be sure the patient and family understand any pain medication prescribed, including dosage, route, action, and side effects. Review with the patient all follow-up appointments that are arranged. Follow-up often involves chest x-rays and arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis, as well as a physical examination. If the injury was alcohol-related, explore the patient's drinking pattern. If the injury was binge-related, explain the relationship between injury and alcohol by stating the facts without being judgmental. If you think that the patient is either a problem or a dependent drinker, refer her or him to an advanced practice nurse or an alcohol counselor. Teach the patient when to notify the physician for complication such as signs of infection, an unhealed wound, or anxiety and inability to cope. Provide the patient with a phone number for a primary healthcare provider, trauma clinic, or advanced practice nurse.

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