Staying at the hospital is never something people want to do. The day that a doctor releases a patient is often a celebrated day, until the patient needs to be readmitted again. According to a 2013 study published in the New England Journal, 1 in 7 patients who are undergoing a major surgery will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.

Our goal at Arizona Priority Care is to reduce the risk of hospital readmission. Our network of physicians are committed to coordinating the best possible treatment plans to ensure a healthy, happy, and safe patient is discharged from the hospital every time.

If you are admitted into a hospital because of a serious health problem, the following process is set in motion to assist in your discharge and reduce the risk of being readmitted:

A discharge planner is assigned to meet with you, your family and the physicians caring for you to assist in the development of a discharge plan. The discharge planner will arrange for monitoring or health services you may need for your return home.

Be honest with the Discharge Planner about how you feel. Please be sure to let us know about your living arrangements post discharge in addition to any other needs that you feel you may need, beyond your medical needs, such as meal delivery, etc. Get a discharge summary. When you are discharged, ask for a written document that outlines the care you received and any home care information you may need (i.e. wound care) Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions about the items that you do not understand.

Get a list of medication from your discharge planner. Get the correct dosages and additional information for your safety. Previous medications may be replaced while hospitalized so be sure to discard medications that you don’t need any longer to avoid over medication.

Ask questions about test results that you do not understand..

Schedule an appointment with your Arizona Priority Care doctor immediately following discharge, based on the discharge physician’s recommendation. Your primary care physician can monitor your recovery to reduce the risk of readmission to the hospital.

The majority of hospital readmissions happen for people over the age of 65. At Arizona Priority Care, we have specialized senior programs to improve the health of the older adult communities across Arizona. For more information, contact our Complex Care Management Team!

For more information, contact Arizona Priority Care directly at (855) 711-2912.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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