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Prevent Readmissions With Nurse Intervention



Home visits from a nurse soon after discharge may provide a cost-effective option to keep the most complex patients from returning to the hospital, according to a study, which found that confusion about instructions rather than concern over cost was a primary reason for discontinuing medications.



3 comments on "Prevent Readmissions With Nurse Intervention"
Amy (12/11/2011 at 6:38 PM)

It's great to see this article. I've worked in both the hospital and home setting as a nurse for about 10 years now. I've seen first hand what can happen between the hospital discharge to home. It's been sometimes amazing what you might find once you go into a home. Medications is definitely a big one and many times is related more to understanding rather than financial. I've been fortunate to learn a lot from working in both areas and try to incorporate what I've learned in my everyday practice whether in the hospital or the home.
Matt (9/30/2011 at 11:06 AM)

Did the study have an ROI? Or was it just money spent to reduce readmissions? Is it feasible fiscally to have nurses that make home visits? APNs or RNs?
Naomi Ervin (9/30/2011 at 10:51 AM)

It is great to see that home health care nursing has been re-discovered. This type of nursing service has been available for over 100 year. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness for early discharge and preventing re-admissions.