Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Teach the patient and family the causes, signs, and symptoms of crisis and ways to avoid future crisis. Emphasize good nutrition and the avoidance of caffeine and smoking. Patients and families need to be taught the signs and symptoms of complications, such as cardiopulmonary dysfunction, increased intracranial pressure, and renal impairment. The patient and family need to be taught the importance of taking daily antibiotics and the side effects, dosage, and route of medication. If the patient is on pain medications, care should be taken to ensure that the medication is not abused but is taken when the patient is in need. Patients and families need to understand the need for genetic counseling, the potential long-term effects of sickle cell disease, and the possible complications. Older children and parents need to deal with the delayed sexual maturity that occurs. Long-term follow-up care is essential for patients with sickle cell disease.

DRG Category: 240 Mean LOS: 6.4 days Description: MEDICAL: Connective Tissue Disorders with CC

Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is the most common autoimmune rheumatic disorder after rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is a chronic, progressive disease that is associated with other diseases such as RA in approximately 50% of the cases.

SS is characterized by failure of exocrine glands and by diminished tearing and salivary secretion (sicca complex). It results from chronic exocrine gland dysfunction, although the disorder may also involve other organs such as the lung and kidney. SS may be a primary disorder, or it may be associated with connective tissue disorders, such as RA, scleroderma,

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