Discharge From The Hospital
At Kingman Regional Medical Center, your doctors, nurses, and other hospital professionals begin planning for a safe, appropriate, and effective discharge from the moment you are admitted to the hospital. This planning involves determining your readiness for discharge and specific medical care needs outside the hospital.
What to expect at discharge
Prior to being discharged from the hospital, a hospital case manager will work with you and your family to arrange for what you will need when you leave the hospital, which can include:
- Home medical equipment
- After-hospital care (home health, skilled nursing facility, etc.)
- Referrals to community resources
At the time of your discharge your nurse will inform you and your support person of your discharge instructions. For example, your instructions may include:
- A list of your medications and instructions for taking them
- What to do when you get home, what to watch for, and who to contact if you have problems.
- Diet recommendations and restrictions
- Follow-up appointments with your doctor
Additionally, your nurse will instruct you and your caregivers on how to use needed medical equipment, how to care for an incision, etc.
We will also provide you a discharge checklist to help you verify that all your needs are addressed before you leave the hospital.
Let us know your concerns
Your discharge plan is based on your care team’s professional judgment on what is most appropriate for your recovery and healing after you leave the hospital. It is very important to strictly follow your discharge instructions. Please inform your nurse or doctor if you:
- Feel you are being discharged too early
- Feel unable to care for yourself and/or your loved one at home
- Do not understand your discharge instructions
- Cannot comply with your discharge instructions
- Need further instruction or training on care procedures
- Are unable to go to follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider(s).
Hospital care is considered “acute care” by Medicare and other insurance plans. Once your acute condition is resolved, you are discharged from the hospital. However, this may not mean that you are completely well.
You will require continued medical care after leaving the hospital. At discharge, our staff will schedule a follow-up appointment with your regular doctor. Additionally, depending on your condition, we may recommend other continued care, which may include:
- KRMC Post-Hospital Care Clinic — Doctors at KRMC’s Post-Hospital Care Clinic assess your condition within 72 hours after you leave the hospital and provide further recommendations for your continued care. This service greatly reduces your risk of being readmitted to the hospital.
- Home Healthcare—Registered nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals provide you care in your home.
- Skilled Nursing Facility—Inpatient care facility for those who don’t need a hospital, but can’t be cared for at home. Includes: 24-hour skilled nursing care, daily living and personal care services plus social activities and events.
- Hospice—Care program that provides support for terminally ill patients and families. Includes: 24-hour help with pain control, symptom management and emotional and spiritual support.