A framework to discharge frail older people

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Abstract

Lees-Deutsch L (2016) A framework to discharge frail older people. Nursing Times; 112: 37/38, 11–13. This article focuses on discharge planning for frail older patients who have had an unplanned admission to hospital and are subsequently discharged (or transferred) to another setting. It discusses current issues in discharge practice, briefly reviews the background policy to guide the discharge assessment of older people and examines challenges in discharging them from the acute setting. Finally, it uses an assessment framework to integrate current principles from national discharge guidance into practice.

Discharge assessment for frail older people in acute care is complex and slow. A discharge framework can help nurses integrate discharge guidance into daily practice

In this article…

> Current problems associated with discharge assessment

> New guidance on discharge of frail older people

> A framework to help implement best practice

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