1. Verify that all medical information has been transmitted to the patient's primary care physician.
This includes any information on the patient's diagnosis, treatment plan, medications, and follow-up care. It is important to ensure that all of this information is transferred so that the patient's primary care physician is aware of their hospital stay and can provide appropriate follow-up care.
2. Arrange for appropriate follow-up appointments.
It is important to schedule follow-up appointments with specialists who may be involved in the patient's care, such as a pediatric neurologist or cardiologist. Follow-up appointments should also be scheduled with the patient's primary care physician.
3. Ensure that any necessary supplies or equipment are available prior to discharge.
This may include supplies such as formula or diapers, or equipment such as a car seat or hospital bed. It is important to have these items ready prior to discharge so that there is no delay in getting the patient home.
4. Verify that all insurance information is up to date and complete.
This includes verifying that the insurance card has been updated with the most recent information, and that all co-pays and deductibles have been taken care of. It is important that there are no surprises when it comes time to pay for the patient's hospital bill.
5. Make sure that the patient and/or family understands post-discharge instructions.
This includes instructions on how to take care of the child at home, what symptoms or problems to watch out for, and when to call a doctor. It is important that both the patient and family understand these instructions so that they can be followed properly.
6. Provide a copy of the discharge checklist to the patient and/or family for future reference.
This checklist can be used as a reminder of what needs to be done after leaving the hospital. It can also be used as a resource if any questions or problems arise after discharge.