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J Nurs Care Qual. 2012 Jan-Mar;27(1):77-82. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318229fddc.

Preventing avoidable rehospitalizations by understanding the characteristics of "frequent fliers".

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  • 1Department of Patient Safety & Quality, Battle Creek Health System, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA.

Abstract

This project used chart review to evaluate 22 patients labeled as "frequent fliers," each with 4 to 8 readmissions over a 6-month period at a Michigan community hospital. The goal was to identify whether the 4 key elements identified by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for reducing rehospitalization had been put into place for these patients. It found that a clear discharge plan was only documented for 15 (68%) of the 22 patients. Better coordinated care is warranted.

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