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Principles for discharging patients from acute care: a scoping review of policy.

Lees-Deutsch, Liz and Yorke, Janelle and Caress, Ann-Louise (2016) Principles for discharging patients from acute care: a scoping review of policy. British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing), 25 (20). pp. 1135-1143. ISSN 0966-0461. This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Official URL: http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/10.12968/bjon....

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Acute medicine units (AMUs) are part of acute hospital care, where length of patient stay is short and turnover is high. Expediting patient discharge safely is a major function of AMUs, which need up-to-date bespoke guidance.

AIM

To carry out a scoping review of UK discharge policy to critically consider, compare and contrast the relevant discharge policies and guidance that underpin the assessment of acute patient discharge.

OBJECTIVES

To inform the production of bespoke patient discharge guidance for AMUs. Design and stages: Identify the review questions; identify relevant studies; select the studies; chart the data; collate, summarise and report the results.

FINDINGS

28 patient discharge policy guidelines were identified that had no specific guidance for patient discharge from AMUs. New bespoke principles for AMUs were created through a pragmatic interpretation of current relevant policies.

CONCLUSION

There is a gap in specific patient discharge guidance for AMUs. New guidance should contribute in practice to improve patient discharge.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: WD Diseases and disorders of systemic, metabolic or environmental origin > WD400 Emergency medicine
Divisions: Emergency Services > Emergency Department
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Depositing User: Mrs Caroline Tranter
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 14:21
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 14:21
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1194

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