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Slide 52

Project RED: Module 1: Preparing to Redesign Your Discharge Program

Provides a four-module training program to help hospitals implement Project RED.

Compare Discharge Information

List current state

  • Patient name/diagnosis.
  • List of DC medications.
  • Review of prescriptions.
  • Dietary recommendations.
  • Activity limitations.
  • Post DC appointment, if known.

What are we missing?

RED Discharge Plan Components

  • Individual hard copy care plan (language specific).
  • Medication calendars in lay terms.
  • Daily morning, afternoon, and evening meds identified.
  • Patient questions list.
  • Scheduled follow-up appointments.
  • Pending tests and results.
  • Location of appointments.


You now have the opportunity to compare what you currently give your patients to take home as discharge instructions. As you can see from comparative interview data collected from hospitals, your current state may include only a one- or two-page discharge instruction form that is written on and provided to the patient on the actual day of discharge. Please take a moment to cross walk what components of the discharge plan already exist in your organization. Think about where the forms are, what information is provided, how patients and their families are currently taught the information, etc. Determine where your missing links are, if there are any.

Page last reviewed August 2011
Internet Citation: Slide 52: Project RED: Module 1: Preparing to Redesign Your Discharge Program. August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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