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Int J Nurs Knowl. 2014 Feb;25(1):14-21. doi: 10.1111/2047-3095.12016. Epub 2013 Dec 3.

Hospital discharge: results from an Italian multicenter prospective study using Blaylock Risk Assessment Screening Score.

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Biella Hospital, University of "Piemonte Orientale", Biella, Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To analyze the predictive validity and reliability of the Blaylock Risk Assessment Screening Score (BRASS) Index in a large group of patients.

METHODS:

Prospective multicenter observational study was conducted in six Italian hospitals. Data were collected in three phases.

FINDINGS:

Seven hundred eleven patients were recruited. The mean length of hospitalization for low-risk patients was significantly shorter than those in the medium and high-risk groups. Patients with a BRASS Index lower than 10, unlike those with a higher BRASS Index, were mainly discharged home.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results indicate that the BRASS Index is useful to identify patients at risk for prolonged hospitalization.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

The use of a validated BRASS instrument can be useful to screen the patients, improving individual discharge planning.

KEYWORDS:

BRASS Index; discharge planning; nursing care; validation study

PMID:
24299656
DOI:
10.1111/2047-3095.12016
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