Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Be sure the patient and family understand any medication prescribed, including dosage, route, action, and side effects. Instruct the patient to report any signs and symptoms of infection to the primary healthcare provider. Explain necessary dietary adjustments to the patient and family. Recommend eating small, frequent meals, including high-protein, high-density foods. Encourage the patient to plan rest periods around his or her activities, conserving as much energy as possible. Arrange for return demonstrations of equipment used by the patient and family. If the patient requires home oxygen therapy, refer the patient to the appropriate rental service, and explain the hazards of combustion and increasing the flow rate without consultation from the primary healthcare provider.

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