STATION 6: ON DISCHARGE
Discharge criteria vary between hospitals, but likely factors for consideration include:1
- Vital signs (respiration, pulse, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, etc.)
- Activity and mental status
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Surgical bleeding
- Bowel function
Before you leave hospital, you will be given information and advice on a number of topics, such as:2,3
- How should the surgical wound be cared for?
- How much pain can be expected and how should it be managed?
- Is there anything that the patient should or should not do, in order to speed up recovery?
- What signs and symptoms should he/she look out for?
- Is a follow-up appointment necessary? Where and when will this be?
1 Marshall SI and Chung F. Anesth Analg. 1999; 88: 508-17.
2 National Health Service (NHS). Having an operation – After surgery. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/surgery/Pages/after-surgery.aspx. Accessed 8 September 2015.
3 National Health Service (NHS). Having an operation – Getting back to normal. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/surgery/Pages/getting-back-to-normal.aspx. Accessed 8 September 2015.