Introduction of discharge plan to reduce adverse events within 72 hours of discharge from the ICU

J Nurs Care Qual. Jan-Mar 2010;25(1):73-9. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181b0e490.


We examined the effect of introducing a discharge plan on the occurrence of adverse events within 72 hours of intensive care unit discharge. The study excluded discharges to home or to another institution and "not-for-resuscitation" patients. The adverse events rate was 23%, of which 37% were considered to be preventable. Respiratory problems and infections were the most frequent reasons. The discharge plan contributed to a change in the nature and preventability of events and facilitates the discharge process.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / statistics & numerical data*
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / epidemiology*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / prevention & control*