Improving the Emergency Department Discharge Process: Environmental Scan Report – AHRQ – December 2014

Posted on December 10, 2014. Filed under: Emergency Medicine | Tags: , |

Improving the Emergency Department Discharge Process: Environmental Scan Report – AHRQ – December 2014

Prepared by: Johns Hopkins University, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

“Millions of patients visit hospital emergency departments (EDs) each year for a variety of injuries and ailments. It is crucial for these patients to receive appropriate preparation for their return home so that they can properly manage their recovery. ED discharge failure, such as ED return within 72 hours or more, carries significant clinical implications for patients, including unfinished treatments and progression of illness. But there is only limited understanding of such risk factors currently. This report presents the purpose, methods, and results of an environmental scan on existing literature in this area.”

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