About this Program
In this program, David discusses the risks that make hospital discharges a dangerous time for patients. Families are overwhelmed with complex information and are often not prepared to handle their role in the discharge process. The fear that something will go wrong may be justified, as research shows that nearly one third of all medical errors occur during transitions of care, when patients are discharged from the hospital. Key risk factors for medical errors include:
David reviews the critical information that families need to know in order to actively participate in the discharge planning process with hospital staff - at the time of admission and throughout the hospital stay - to ensure a safe and successful discharge that is understood, planned and coordinated with the family’s involvement. Patients and families must know who to talk to, how to reach them quickly and what to ask to get questions answered - to make informed choices about care & service providers. Participants at the live presentation review and discuss Case Studies with the presenter to develop a working knowledge of the discharge process and hone their advocacy skills.