Introduction of Discharge Plan to Reduce Adverse Events Within 72 Hours of Discharge From the ICU

Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 12/24/2009

The authors examined the effect of introducing a discharge plan on the occurrence of adverse events within 72 hours of intensive care unit discharge. The study excluded discharges to home or to another institution and "not–for–resuscitation" patients. The adverse events rate was 23%, of which 37% were considered to be preventable. Respiratory problems and infections were the most frequent reasons. The discharge plan contributed to a change in the nature and preventability of events and facilitates the discharge process.

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