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Informed discharge


Alerting patients to warning symptoms and signs

Overview and objectives


Middle age female in wheelchair with two physicians standing behind her

Overview

A patient's medical condition may deteriorate after being discharged from the hospital, the office, or from another facility. This usually happens because of the evolution of the medical condition or the failure to respond to an appropriate treatment.

Canadian courts have made it increasingly clear that health professionals should educate patients to recognize the symptoms and signs that should alert them to seek further medical care.


Objectives

After completing this topic you will be able to explain the importance of informed discharge instructions.