Discharge plan to promote patient safety and shared decision making by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals in a respiratory unit

Daniel A. Nnate*, David Barber, Ukachukwu O. Abaraogu

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Abstract

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often require frequent hospitalization due to worsening symptoms. Preventing prolonged hospital stays and readmission becomes a challenge for healthcare professionals treating patients with COPD. Although the integration of health and social care supports greater collaboration and enhanced patient care, organizational structure and poor leadership may hinder the implementation of patient-oriented goals. This paper presents a case of a 64-year-old chronic smoker with severe COPD who was to be discharged on long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT). It also highlights the healthcare decisions made to ensure the patient’s safety at home and further provides a long-lasting solution to the existing medical and social needs. The goal was accomplished through a discharge plan that reflects multidisciplinary working, efficient leadership, and change management using Havelock’s theory. While COPD is characterized by frequent exacerbation and hospital readmission, it was emphasized that most failed discharges could be attributed to bureaucratic organizational workflow which might not be in the patient’s best interest. It was further demonstrated that healthcare professionals are likely to miss the window of opportunity to apply innovative and long-lasting solutions to the patient’s health condition in an attempt to remedy the immediate symptoms of COPD
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-599
Number of pages10
JournalNursing Report
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • pulmonary medicine
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • healthcare leadership
  • patient discharge
  • personalized care
  • interdisciplinary health team
  • patient safety
  • pulmonary disease

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