Staying Safe Upon Hospital Discharge

Medical mistakes can happen at any time. However, there are times in the treatment of patients when health care mistakes are more likely to happen than at other times. The transition out of a hospital upon a hospital discharge may be one of those times.

Accordingly, a new report by Avalere Health for the Alliance of Community Health Plans has identified five practices that may decrease risks for patients as they are discharged from hospitals. Those practices include:

  • Using information to draft transition programs for individual patient needs.
  • Anticipating patient needs and involving patients in the transition process early on.
  • Engaging providers as active participants in transitions.
  • Using technology to improve transitions.
  • Incorporating transition care into broader initiatives.

As a patient, it is important for you, and your caregivers, to be involved in the transition process and to take steps to prevent medical mistakes from being made upon hospital discharge.