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Estimating date of discharge at ward level: a pilot study

05 January 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Background Reimbursement is part of the government’s strategy to reduce the level of delayed patient discharge from hospital. This article describes a pilot study,...

Discharge planning

16 October 2002

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Background Two audits were conducted by a small team of nurses to measure the effectiveness of discharge management and planning in a four-ward orthopaedic and...

Why patients self-discharge

01 May 2008

Nursing Management


AS NURSE MANAGERS are aware, improvements to patient discharge procedures are being introduced and co-ordinated across the health and social care system (Department...

Estimating patient discharge dates

01 June 2008

Nursing Management


AN EXRLORATATION of clinical, operational and patients’ perspectives of estimation of discharge dates was undertaken at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust as part...

Nurse-facilitated discharge for children and their families

02 February 2010

Paediatric Nursing


This article explores the introduction of nurse-facilitated discharge in one children’s day care unit. It highlights how a need for change to the discharge procedure...

Improving patient flow: role of the orthopaedic discharge sister

07 March 2016

Emergency Nurse


Timely and well-planned discharge improves the patient’s experience, contributes to patient safety and reduces the length of hospital stays. The role of orthopaedic...

Discharge planning

01 January 1998

Nursing Management

Discharge planning

There is no state health system in the USA, as exists in Canada and the UK, and therefore individuals are responsible for the provision of funds to cover their own...

Into the unknown: establishing a new service in an acute hospital setting

01 November 2004

Nursing Older People


One of the key targets associated with Standard 4 (general hospital care) of the National Service Framework for Older People (NSF) (Department of Health 2001) is the...

Improving discharge: the role of the discharge co-ordinator

26 August 1998

Nursing Standard

Care of older people

As the population ages, more and more people, especially those aged 85 years and over, have continuing healthcare needs (Audit Commission 1996). Increasingly, these...

Community nurses and the electronic discharge summary

01 September 2012

Primary Health Care

A&S Science

Discharge preparation from secondary care can be stressful for patients and their families. The wait while take-home medications are ordered, and arrangements for...