Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Be sure the patient understands all medications, including dosage, route, action, and adverse effects. The patient and family or significant other need to understand the importance of avoiding fatigue by limiting activity and taking frequent rests. Advise small, frequent meals to maintain adequate nutrition. Fluid intake should be maintained at approximately 3000 mL/day so that the secretions remain thin. Teach the patient to maintain pulmonary hygiene measures of coughing, deep breathing, and incentive spirometry at home. Provide information about how to stop smoking.

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