Designating a hospital property to house individuals with alcohol-use disorders, who might otherwise be homeless, can help better manage the health issues of these complex patients and reduce spending on medical and public services.
A recent study, led by researchers at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, found that using pharmacy professionals to take medication histories in the emergency department reduced errors associated with medication history and orders by more than 80%.
The 2-midnight rule was designed to simplify decisions on whether to order inpatient or outpatient observation services for patients and to reduce the volume of observation cases. However, some hospitals and healthcare systems have reported that the rule has actually increased confusion around level of care, without lowering observation volumes.
Mr. Coin, a chronically ill patient, is being discharged to home. Although the discharge is complex, the transition to home is uneventful—until the case manager, Robin, receives a call from Mr. Coin's son, who tells Robin that her patient has been sent home with his heparin lock still in place.