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Development and sustainability of an inpatient-to-outpatient discharge handoff tool: a quality improvement project. - Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety / Joint Commission Resources
After hospital discharge, patients are at risk for medication errors, missed test results, adverse events, and readmissions. Handoff communication between the inpatient and outpatient settings is primarily accomplished with the discharge summary. However, critical information can often be missing, such as the date of the first postdischarge follow-up visit, a complete and accurate list of discharge medications, and follow-up recommendations. There have been no studies focusing on identifying and implementing a parsimonious, clinically relevant, inpatient-to-outpatient discharge handoff tool within a fully integrated electronic medical record (EMR) system. A concise, written, electronic handoff communication tool was created to address this gap.Using inpatient and outpatient provider stakeholder input, a standard, succinct, and clinically relevant handoff tool was designed and implemented within the Veterans Affairs EMR. Retrospective chart review at 3 and 15 months after the handoff tool rollout in December 2010 was conducted to monitor handoff uptake and outcomes.At 15 months after implementation, 86% (129/150) of patients had a completed handoff at the time of discharge. More handoff notes were available in the EMR within 24 hours of discharge than discharge summaries (100% versus 77%, p < .0001). There was no difference between those patients with or without a handoff in the number of emergency department visits or readmissions.A standardized clinically relevant discharge handoff tool had high user uptake and sustainability and improved timeliness of communication of information between the hospital and outpatient setting. Even within a fully integrated EMR system, simple and efficient handoffs between inpatient and outpatient providers may fulfill a communication gap at the time of discharge.
Transitional care challenges of rehospitalized veterans: listening to patients and providers. - Population health management
Readmissions to the hospital are common and costly, often resulting from poor care coordination. Despite increased attention given to improving the quality and safety of care transitions, little is known about patient and provider perspectives of the transitional care needs of rehospitalized Veterans. As part of a larger quality improvement initiative to reduce hospital readmissions, the authors conducted semi-structured interviews with 25 patients and 14 of their interdisciplinary health care providers to better understand their perspectives of the transitional care needs and challenges faced by rehospitalized Veterans. Patients identified 3 common themes that led to rehospitalization: (1) knowledge gaps and deferred power; (2) difficulties navigating the health care system; and (3) complex psychiatric and social needs. Providers identified different themes that led to rehospitalization: (1) substance abuse and mental illness; (2) lack of social or financial support and homelessness; (3) premature discharge and poor communication; and (4) nonadherence with follow-up. Results underscore that rehospitalized Veterans have a complex overlapping profile of real and perceived physical, mental, and social needs. A paradigm of disempowerment and deferred responsibility appears to exist between patients and providers that contributes to ineffective care transitions, resulting in readmissions. These results highlight the cultural constraints on systems of care and suggest that process improvements should focus on increasing the sense of partnership between patients and providers, while simultaneously creating a culture of empowerment, ownership, and engagement, to achieve success in reducing hospital readmissions.
Enabling bone formation in the aged skeleton via rest-inserted mechanical loading. - Bone
The mild and moderate physical activity most successfully implemented in the elderly has proven ineffective in augmenting bone mass. We have recently reported that inserting 10 s of unloaded rest between load cycles transformed low-magnitude loading into a potent osteogenic regimen for both adolescent and adult animals. Here, we extended our observations and hypothesized that inserting rest between load cycles will initiate and enhance bone formation in the aged skeleton. Aged female C57BL/6 mice (21.5 months) were subject to 2-week mechanical loading protocols utilizing the noninvasive murine tibia loading device. We tested our hypothesis by examining whether (a) inserting 10 s of rest between low-magnitude load cycles can initiate bone formation in aged mice and (b) whether bone formation response in aged animals can be further enhanced by doubling strain magnitudes, inserting rest between these load cycles, and increasing the number of high-magnitude rest-inserted load cycles. We found that 50 cycles/day of low-magnitude cyclic loading (1200 microepsilon peak strain) did not influence bone formation rates in aged animals. In contrast, inserting 10 s of rest between each of these low-magnitude load cycles was sufficient to initiate and significantly increase periosteal bone formation (fivefold versus intact controls and twofold versus low-magnitude loading). However, otherwise potent strategies of doubling induced strain magnitude (to 2400 microepsilon) and inserting rest (10 s, 20 s) and, lastly, utilizing fivefold the number of high-magnitude rest-inserted load cycles (2400 microepsilon, 250 cycles/day) were not effective in enhancing bone formation beyond that initiated via low-magnitude rest-inserted loading. We conclude that while rest-inserted loading was significantly more osteogenic in aged animals than the corresponding low-magnitude cyclic loading regimen, age-related osteoblastic deficits most likely diminished the ability to optimize this stimulus.
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