Tell Us: What's Your Hospital Discharge Horror Story?

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Tell Us: What's Your Hospital Discharge Horror Story?

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chairs-164691_640(1)About 12 years ago, I gave a presentation at a symposium organized by one of our technical colleges in a suburb of Chicago. The focus of the symposium was health care; I shared the perspective of the family caregiver's experience within the system. After I spoke, a participant shared a hospital discharge horror story. Her caree had been discharged to home with a treatment plan the family had no idea how to follow. The family didn't have the skills, information and supplies needed to provide care. It was a nightmare.

Her story led me to ask the audience to email me their hospital discharge horror stories. And, so, for the next few years or so, I collected hospital discharge horror stories. Twelve years ago, I didn't have the technology for visitors to leave comments (can you believe that?) so family caregivers emailed me their stories and I published their stories on the website. I have the stories in my archives I keep on my laptop.

Today's blog post, How to Manage a Hospital Discharge to Home, reminded me of those stories. It also made me wonder if anything has changed.

So, tell us, in our comments section, about your hospital discharge horror story.

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