Hospitals, SNFs team up to improve transitions.
Hosp Case Manag. 2011 Oct;19(10):157-8
Summa Health System and Akron, OH, area nursing homes are working together to improve patient transitions and quality of care. Readmissions have dropped from, 26% to 19% and length of stay has dropped from 7.3 days to a low of 7 days. Multidisciplinary teams meet regularly to discuss better ways of handing off patients. The team developed a standardized transfer form that hospitals use when transferring patients. Nursing facilities started using the Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation (SBAR) form to organize information for physicians when patients have a change in condition.
PMID: 21942154 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]