Tobin, A. (Jan 24, 2012). Improve instructions for patients being discharged from Emergency, study urges. The Canadian Free Press. Retrieved from http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/style/improve-instructions-for-patients-being-discharged-from-emergency-study-urges-138003733.html.
“Patients who are discharged from a hospital emergency department sometimes have a poor understanding of how they should care for themselves once they get home, says a new review of more than 50 studies. In an article published in January’s Annals of Emergency Medicine, researchers recommend that doctors provide instructions verbally, in writing and with a visual demonstration whenever possible.
“It doesn’t happen as systematically as I would want it to,” said one of the co-authors, Dr. Stephen Porter of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In pediatrics, for example, he said a lot of medications come in liquid form. Only a minority of parents can figure out a complex dosing question without help, but doctors don’t necessarily show each patient exactly the dose that needs to be given.”
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