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How to discharge patients appropriately

How to discharge patients appropriately

Format

Knowledge

Time to Complete

0.5 hours

Published

October 6, 2016

Updated

October 6, 2016
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Programme Description

GPs and consultants make decisions every day as to whether a patient needs to be seen again. However, there are virtually no studies exploring how to discharge a patient in a safe and timely manner. This article describes a novel approach to appropriate patient discharge in dermatology, using a ‘traffic light’ design discharge information checklist. This should offer GPs and other healthcare professionals some guidance towards safer and more timely discharge decisions.

Educational Objectives

After taking this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Review their discharge decision-making process
  • Consider external and internal influences on their own decisions
  • Revisit their communication skills and identify where improvements may be made
  • Authors

    Activity authors
    Dr Nur Ainita Harun
    Dermatology clinician and PhD student
    Cardiff University
    UK

    Professor Andrew Finlay
    Professor of dermatology
    Cardiff University, School of Medicine
    UK

    Professor Sam Salek
    Professor of pharmacoepidemiology
    University of Hertfordshire,
    Hatfield
    UK

    Professor Vincent Piguet
    Professor of dermatology
    Cardiff University, School of Medicine
    UK

    INSTRUCTIONS

    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs. This activity is offered at no cost.

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required
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