The Benefit of Detailed Discharge Instructions at Ambulatory Surgical Facilities
MedSun: Newsletter #2, March 2006

According to reports submitted to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, there is a need for greater communication and detailed instruction for patients discharged from ambulatory surgical facilities (ASF). Although adequate instruction exists at most ASF’s, a summary of reports to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS), highlighted in the December 2005 issue of the Patient Safety Advisory, suggests that more detailed discharge instructions may have curtailed the hospital-level care required for some patients discharged from ASF’s.

Additional Information:

December 2005 Patient Safety Advisory Report

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