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Wound Care Patient Discharge Checklist

Wound Care Patient Discharge Checklist

Wound Care Patient Discharge Checklist


"An evidence-based hospital discharge checklist that starts at admission might improve safe transition from hospital to home." [1]

The sample checklist below was created by a multidisciplinary consensus panel of experts (in acute, chronic, home, and long-term care and in rehabilitation medicine).[1] It may be adapted to each organization Policies and Procedures, and completed during a typical hospitalization in preparation for discharge. 


Sample Facility Discharge Checklist [1]

1. Indication for hospitalization

2. Primary care

  • Identify/confirm primary care physician (PCP)
  • Contact/notify PCP of patient admission, diagnosis, predicted discharge date
  • Schedule PCP follow-up within 7-14 days of discharge

3. Medication safety

  • Reconcile home and admission medications
  • Teach proper use of discharge medications and their relation to prior home medications
  • Reconcile discharge, prior-home, and hospital medications

4. Identify and communicate wound care-related supplies and durable medical equipment (DME) to accepting organization

  • Ask nursing and physical therapy what they think the patient will need at the accepting organization
  • Negative pressure wound therapy:
    • Communicate brand that the patient has been using
    • Check if orders have been placed for specific equipment or therapy requirements after discharge and what the expected date of arrival of equipment is
  • Pressure redistribution devices
    • Hospital bed with low air loss mattress
  • Dressing change:
    • Frequency of dressing change
    • Type of dressing change
    • Compression bandages (if needed)
  • Bariatric supplies (if applicable)
  • Ostomy equipment including manufacturer name, product number and number of ostomy supplies
  • Offloading devices (e.g. cast shoes, crow boots)

5. Follow-up plans

  • Post-discharge follow-up phone call within 72 hours for high-risk patients (high LACE index score [Length of stay, Acuity on admission, Comorbidity, and Emergency department visits])
  • Arrange outpatient studies (e.g., lab, radiology) if needed
  • Arrange specialty clinic follow-up if needed (e.g. wound clinic and/or wound specialist)

6. Home-health referral

  • Home-health agency shares information about patient's preexisting community services
  • Engage home-health agencies
  • Schedule post-discharge home health (if needed)

7. Transition to post-acute care (e.g. skilled nursing facility)

  • Ensure care plan can be followed at the receiving facility
  • For patients with pressure ulcers/injuries, ensure adequate pressure redistribution surface and staff is available to implement bundled preventative care as soon as patient arrives 

8. Communication with outpatient providers:

  • Provide discharge summary, medication and durable medical equipment (DME) reconciliation information, and inpatient attending contact information to patient, PCP, community pharmacy, DME supplier, and caregiver
  • See tool "Provider Wound Communication"

9. Patient education

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  1. Finn K and Dressler D. The Check-Out Checklist J Hosp Med. 2013;.
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