Discharge Planning- August 2011


Discharge Planning- Evidence Update

August 2011


Welcome to the August Discharge Planning bulletin produced by HEFT Library Services. This

bulletin is produced to support the VITAL for nurses core skills programme developed in the Trust. This

issue features articles published in the past four weeks. Full text articles can be accessed via your

HEFT Athens ID.


Admission prevention



End of life care must be prioritised to avoid A&E


By The Press Association in Health Service Journal, 18 July, 2011.

Healthcare commissioners must prioritise end of life care to ensure peoples choices are met and to

avoid unnecessary emergency hospital admissions.

Available in full text at http://www.hsj.co.uk/5032681.article?referrer=e67




Bed management



Nothing to report.




Capacity planning



Nothing to report.




Discharge coordination



Nothing to report.


Discharge process



Safety and quality evaluation of electronic discharge

summary systems.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care & Australian Government Department of

Health and Ageing. July 2011.

The primary focus of the evaluation was to assess the impacts of EDS on patient safety and quality of

care provided during transfers between acute health care settings and general practitioners.

Available    in full text     at  www.safetyandquality.gov.au/internet/safety/publishing.nsf/Content/





The English Translation and Testing of the Problems

after Discharge Questionnaire.

Social Work Research. June; 35(2) p.107-116

This article describes the translation and testing of the English version of the Problems after Discharge

Questionnaire for use in evaluating hospital discharge planning.

Available in fulltext at EBSCO Host




Recovering at home: participating in a fast-track colon

cancer surgery programme

Nursing Inquiry. June 18(2) p. 165-73

Qualitative research in Denmark examining the lived experiences of colon cancer patients who had

participated in a fast-track colonic resection surgery and early discharge recovery programme.


Cottage industry could end delayed discharge misery.

Nursing Times. June 107(24) p.13

The health and social consequences of delayed discharges are reviewed and the benefits of cottage

hospitals in local communities are discussed.

Available in fulltext at ProQuest (Legacy Platform)




Education and Practice



Nothing to report.


Estimating dates for discharge



Length of stay. No time to rest on reducing bed days.

Health Service Journal. May;121(6255) p. 32-3

Management improvements in patient discharge in Northampton and London. Length of stay reduction

and  team working with  community services  are described. Available in  print  at  Heartlands, Good

Hope and Solihull Libraries.


Multidisciplinary team discharges

Nothing to report.


Nurse-led discharge

Nothing to report.


Patient centred discharges



Home health visits being redefined.

Case Management Advisor. July; 22(7) p. 81-82. Available in fulltext at EBSCO Host


Simple and complex discharges



Optimizing the Transition to Home Parenteral Nutrition

in Pediatric Patients.

Nutrition in Clinical Practice. June; 26(3) p. 273-285

This review describes the processes that clinicians and institutions should consider when preparing for

HPN discharge and serves as a guide for the effective transition to HPN in pediatric patients.


Further Information


Multiple sources – websites, journals and healthcare databases – have been searched for evidence published

in the last four weeks are identified and highlighted here. For a detailed list of sources that have been scanned,

please contact [email protected] or ext 47836 (Good Hope Hospital)

Please login with your Athens ID on www.evidence.nhs.uk ‘before’ clicking on any of the journal full text links

in this bulletin for seamless access.

To request articles where there is no full text link, please complete an online article request form available on

HEFT Library website www.heftlibrary.nhs.uk under ‘Electronic Forms’ menu. Please note that there is now a

charge of £1 for such requests.

For more information on how to register for Athens, access the Athens Registration leaflet via HEFT Library

website www.heftlibrary.nhs.uk under the ‘Publications’ menu.