Discharge plan and checklist VA Birmingham Health Care

My plan to take care of myself at discharge and my opinion on the checklist for my care plan.

MY OPINION ABOUT MY CARE PLAN IS KNOWN

  • The medical team involved me in drawing up my care plan.
    • Your healthcare team should involve you in developing a care plan for your treatment. Please contact your nurse or medical social worker to make sure you are involved in the development of your treatment.
  • The medical team understands my concerns.
    • Personal preferences and beliefs are taken into account when developing your individual care plan. Your religious, cultural and social beliefs can have a big impact on how exactly you are provided with health care. Make sure your healthcare team understands your views and communicate them with your views.
  • I understand the treatment I will receive.
    • The benefits of patient involvement in care planning are enormous; it reduces anxious emotions, improves overall quality of life, reduces patient dissatisfaction and allows much greater patient compliance are just a few.

I HAVE A PLAN TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF WHEN SIGNING UP

  • I know when my next date is.
    • Your discharge documents will tell you about any follow-up that your care team has scheduled or recommended. Make sure you bring all the necessary documentation and information to your meeting.
  • I know what to do (where to go / whom to call) in case of emergency.
    • If something unexpected happens, I know how to contact my health team. The main telephone number to contact my nurse / doctor is _______________.
  • I know how to notice the early onset of these things
    • Infection
      • Rising temperature
      • Change in the stomach / intestines
        • Nausea / Vomiting
        • Diarrhea / constipation / Change in BM
      • headache
      • Pain in the body
    • Heart attack
      • Feeling of tightness / stretching in the chest
      • Chest pain
      • Sweating
      • Weakness / nausea
      • A sense of “impending doom.”
    • Strike
      • Sudden change in mental state or confusion
      • Numbness (especially in the face, limbs or on one side of the body)
      • Problem speaking or hearing what others are saying
  • I know what medications I will need.
    • The pharmacy or nurse should discuss your medicines with you. They will tell you the medicines you will need to take, what each medicine does, how often you will need to take the medicine, how long the prescription will last, the potential side effects of the medicine, and many other aspects of your treatment.
  • I know what foods to eat and what to avoid.
    • Some medical problems will require patients to adhere to certain dietary restrictions after their hospital stay. Patients need to understand the limits of their limitations, why they need to follow a prescribed diet, and the impact that the diet can have on their health.
  • I know how to keep my skin healthy.
    • Keeping the bad bacteria out and the good bacteria is the main mission of our skin. Any broken skin is a potential access point for harmful bacteria and you need to take good care of it. Skin care for surgical wounds or any form of lesion / abrasion / rupture should be a top priority both during your hospital stay and after your discharge.
    • It has been proven that your mouth stays clean and free of residue / bacteria is a way to reduce the rate of pneumonia. Make sure you keep your mouth clean !!

Resources:

Discharge planning: communication, training and patient participation

Patient participation in healthcare decision-making: an overview

https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ben/ccp/2011/00000006/00000002/art00004

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/yd.23319831911

Self-service self-service measure

Patient participation in healthcare decision-making: an overview

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