From Aldrete to PADSS: Reviewing Discharge Criteria After Ambulatory Surgery

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Abstract

Nurses working in perianesthesia care areas use discharge scoring criteria to complete patient assessments and ensure patient readiness for discharge or transfer to the next phase of recovery. However, all discharge criteria have both advantages and disadvantages. Comparative studies on the reliability of the different discharge criteria in use are extremely limited. As the acuity of our aging population increases, as well as the number of annual surgeries performed on an outpatient basis, it is most timely to ensure that we are following evidence-based discharge criteria.

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