Nurses help patients' home recovery
Preparing patients and the caregiver for the next level of care, especially with their prescriptions, also is essential for successful care transition. “There’s a high risk for medication error when they return home,” LaManna said. “That usually happens in the first 24 hours of discharge.” The likelihood of error is higher in patients prescribed seven or more medications at discharge, she said. And a significant percentage of patients will have a change in their diabetes regimen at discharge, which is also a risk factor for readmission.
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