The key principles of effective discharge planning

Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 22.01.13, 2013, pp.18-19.
Nursing Times

A brief overview of the 10 key principles of effective discharge planning from a nursing perspective. The steps described include: start planning before or on admission; identify whether the patient has simple or complex needs; coordinate the discharge or transfer process; set an expected date of discharge within 48 hours of admission; involve patients and carers; plan discharges and transfers to take place over seven days; use a discharge checklist 48 hours before transfer; and make decisions to discharge and transfer patients each day.

Subject terms:
hospital discharge, discharge planning;
Content type:
practice guidance
United Kingdom
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