Healthcare providers work to avoid unnecessary hospital visits

January 12, 2012

Category: Nursing News

It’s a familiar situation. An elderly heart failure patient is hospitalized with swollen legs and breathing difficulties, responds well to treatment, and is discharged with a set of written instructions.

Back home – alone – she forgets the dietary guidelines, delays making a follow-up appointment with her doctor, and does not take her medication regularly. Soon her symptoms are back and she returns to the hospital. Read More