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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318229fddc
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Preventing Avoidable Rehospitalizations by Understanding the Characteristics of “Frequent Fliers”

Mulder, Barbara J. MS, RN; Tzeng, Huey-Ming PhD, RN; Vecchioni, Nancy D. MSN, RN

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Abstract

This project used chart review to evaluate 22 patients labeled as “frequent fliers,” each with 4 to 8 readmissions over a 6-month period at a Michigan community hospital. The goal was to identify whether the 4 key elements identified by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for reducing rehospitalization had been put into place for these patients. It found that a clear discharge plan was only documented for 15 (68%) of the 22 patients. Better coordinated care is warranted.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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