Heart Failure: Patients Given Discharge Instructions

What does it mean?
There is specific information that patients with heart failure should be aware of when they leave the hospital, such as knowing exactly what medication they should be taking and when and how to take that medication. This information should be given to heart failure patients before they leave the hospital.

Why is it important?
When patients follow their physician’s directions when they leave the hospital it should reduce the chance or prevent having to come back into the hospital. Heart failure patients are given information and education about their condition and what signs to watch for regarding their disease, including diet, activities, and medicines.

What does it measure?
This measure is used to determine the percentage of heart failure patients who have received information and education about their condition and care before they leave the hospital.

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.