When a patient is released home after surgery, they are often given multiple pages and packets of instructions. Many patients and even family members have related to me that they did not remember (or couldn’t find) the instructions they received upon discharge from the hospital. Because of this, I developed an organized, condensed post surgical handout, with the basic information emphasized, and blanks for the clinician to customize. Having clear instructions available improves outcomes. When we make the information easy to locate, we set people up for success!
Important things to include:
-Pain medication instructions and reminders to not run out on the weekend!
-Elevation or positioning Instructions.
-Bandage changing instructions and infection prevention.
-Exercises to do- how many and how often.
-Deep breathing exercises for stress or post op recovery.
-Activity: walking time or distance and frequency, safety with assistance or assistive device, weight bearing, protective equipment.
-When or why to call for assistance, and number to call.
Home Health Care plays an extremely important role in reducing re-hospitalization and patient success. Improve understanding and followthrough of health instructions with organized and straightforward senior focussed health handouts:
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