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To prevent hospital admissions, hospital staff should gather as much information as possible about the patient's discharge needs, psycho-social needs, and support systems in the community, says Cory Sevin, RN, MSN, NP, director with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. They should talk to family members and primary care providers who know the patient and can provide first-hand information, Sevin says.

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