A standardized, in-hospital discharge planning initiative, known as Project ReEngineered Discharge (RED), was established in 2007 and is promoted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. A recent study found favorable patient response to the program.
Patients who insist on being discharged from the hospital against medical advice have an increased risk of readmission, higher rates of morbidity and mortality, and, ultimately, greater healthcare costs.
Hospitals usually are on the lookout for hyperglycemia in post-surgical patients with diabetes. A new study notes, however, that high blood sugar can be a serious problem even for post-surgical patients without a diabetes diagnosis.