What is in Your Discharge Statement?

A hospital discharge statement is supposed to provide the patient with important information about what to do after a visit to the ER or a hospital admission.  However, according to a study published in the September 2009 Journal of General Internal Medicine many discharge statements are incomplete.   That study found that discharge statements only mentioned 16% of tests that still had pending results and that 72% of test results that required treatment changes were not included in the discharge statement.

These potential medical errors could lead to serious injuries.  Thus, if you, or a loved one, are being discharged from the hospital then we encourage you to ask about the results of all the tests that were conducted and to make sure that you know what to do to protect your health when you get home.

If you have been hurt because of an error on a discharge statement or because tests results, or changes in treatment plans, were not shared with you then we encourage you to contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer for more information about your rights.