Discharge planning and convalescence

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Cardiac Care: A Practical Guide for Nurses


This chapter outlines the common reactions to needs of patients and their partners after an acute cardiac event, the process and elements of discharge planning and strategies to facilitate convalescence. The chapter discusses the need to identify patients at higher risk for adverse outcomes following discharge. Hospitalisation for an acute cardiac event can evoke a range of emotions and responses for patients and their families, particularly partners. An acute cardiac event is usually a sudden, unexpected, frightening and stressful occurrence for most patients and their partners and family members. Discharge planning provides support, followup and other interventions that span the transition from hospital to home or community settings. The ageing of the population, increasing numbers of comorbid conditions, shortened lengths of stay and the increased complexity of treatment highlight the importance of identifying those at higher risk. Liaising with community health workers within the target community can be useful in gaining access to vulnerable populations.

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