STATION 6: ON DISCHARGE


Discharge criteria vary between hospitals, but likely factors for consideration include:1

 

  • Vital signs (respiration, pulse, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, etc.)
     
  • Activity and mental status
     
  • Pain
     
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
     
  • Surgical bleeding
     
  • Bowel function
     
Discharge - physicians

 

Before you leave hospital, you will be given information and advice on a number of topics, such as:2,3
 

  • How should the surgical wound be cared for?
     
  • How much pain can be expected and how should it be managed?
     
  • Is there anything that the patient should or should not do, in order to speed up recovery?
     
  • What signs and symptoms should he/she look out for?
     
  • Is a follow-up appointment necessary? Where and when will this be?

 

Discharge - patient

 

References

1 Marshall SI and Chung F. Anesth Analg. 1999; 88: 508-17.
2 National Health Service (NHS). Having an operation – After surgery. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/surgery/Pages/after-surgery.aspx. Accessed 8 September 2015.
3 National Health Service (NHS). Having an operation – Getting back to normal. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/surgery/Pages/getting-back-to-normal.aspx. Accessed 8 September 2015.