When a patient’s transition from the hospital to home is less than optimal, the repercussions can be far-reaching — hospital readmission, an adverse medical event, and even mortality. Without sufficient information and an understanding of their diagnoses, medication, and self-care needs, patients cannot fully participate in their care during and after hospital stays. Additionally, poorly designed discharge processes create unnecessary stress for medical and nursing staff, causing failed communications, rework, and frustrations. A comprehensive and reliable discharge plan, along with post-discharge support, can reduce readmission rates, improve health outcomes, and ensure quality transitions.
To help organizations achieve these goals, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is proud to offer the Reducing Avoidable Readmissions by Improving Transitions in Care once again. During this two-day seminar expert faculty will assist teams in assessing the comprehensive needs of patients and family caregivers, using health literacy strategies to enhance patient education, developing a customized post-discharge plan and effectively communicating discharge information to patients and community providers, and facilitate appropriate post-hospital follow up.