11 Things Patients Can Do Before Leaving Hospital CarePosted: November 23, 2012
Carolyn Thomas, in her blog “Study: ‘91% discharged from hospital without care plan’,” not only shares the problems she encountered after leaving the 24-hour care of a hospital following her heart attack but also some disturbing, sad, and mind-blowing statistics about the many others who unfortunately share her experience day-in and day-out.
For the sake of optimizing healing healthcare and the patient experience, Thomas concludes her blog with an excellent and thorough list of recommendations for patients so that they are prepared for the transition from hospital to home and are positioned for success in following their plan of care to optimizing their health and well-being.
When I was discharged from hospital following my heart attack, I was wheelchaired down to the front door, patted on the head, and waved off with just a follow-up appointment with a cardiologist in six weeks’ time. I carried home with me my appointment card, a prescription for a fistful of new daily cardiac medications, a one-page photocopy on post-op wound care, a couple of pamphlets on cardiac rehab and heart-healthy eating, and a Heart and Stroke Foundation booklet called Recovery Road. But nowhere in this small stack of old growth forests was there anything about me.
Me personally. Me, Carolyn Thomas, the shocked and frightened and overwhelmed heart attack survivor.
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