Timely discharge of older patients from hospital: improving the process

P. Dainty, J. Elizabeth
2009 Clinical medicine (London)  
Elderly patients represent a large number of admissions to hospital, accounting for a disproportionate number of hospital bed days. Discharge planning can improve the safety and appropriateness of discharge from hospital, and can have a positive impact on length of stay and efficiency. Despite this, discharge planning is often neglected. This review, both evidence and experience based, is provided to aid with the safe discharge of elderly patients back into the community.
doi:10.7861/clinmedicine.9-4-311 pmid:19728500 pmcid:PMC4952494 fatcat:i2txom6t4bd55chqprmmwdhlpm