by Comprehensive Staff
Three key steps for reducing hospital readmission.
Hospital stays are never fun. People poke and prod, the food is not great, and let’s face it, you’re either hurt or sick. I have never heard of anyone who wants a quick trip back to the hospital, but that is exactly what happens to 1 in 5 individuals as reported by the Center of Medicaid and Medicare. That’s 20% of individuals discharged from hospitals will likely readmit within 30 days. This fact is confirmed by Jenna Thorne, a care manager, operating from the Pasco office of Comprehensive. “It’s really unfortunate when someone begins to recover, then slips back or develops complications requiring readmission”. Many times readmission is preventable. Jenna shares three easy to follow tips to help you from going back to the hospital a 2nd time.
• Understand your discharge plan. Talk with the staff at the hospital about your discharge plan, and understand what do to a home. You may not be at your best at the hospital, “many times it helps to have a friend or family member informed with your discharge plan” says Thorne.
• Take your medication as prescribed. Don’t stop taking your prescription medications just when you start to feel better. Recovery is a process, it does not stop at the 1st sign of feeling better. Your body can do amazing things, but generally following hospital stays it needs an extended period or recovery. Take it easy, and take your medication as prescribed.
• Follow up with your family doctor or specialist. “When you walk out of the hospital the three most important people on your care team is; you, your family or friends, and your family doctor or specialist” says Thorne. “You need all three members of your post discharge care team working for your recovery”. If its not all ready part of your hospital discharge plan, schedule a checkup with your family doctor or specialist within the 1st week of your discharge. Your doctor can measure your progress and assist with any setback without having to go back to the hospital.
Jenna Thorne is a care manager working with the Washington State Health Home pilot. This three year pilot is designed to provide assistance for individuals with high medical needs or high medical costs.