patient are discharged from the hospital in one of the following ways
to home. The discharge to home, to another hospital or to another unit
within the hospital is initiated by the doctor who advices the patient that he
is well enough to leave the hospital or requires treatment in another unit
within the hospital or in an another hospital.
to another hospital or another unit within the hospital (referral). When a patient or family
is not satisfied with the treatment or care given and wants to leave the
hospital against the medical advice, in such case the patient or the relative
is asked to sign a statement that he is going or taking the patient on his own
will and responsibility.
medical advice (AMA).
a patient escapes from the hospital without the knowledge of the hospital staff
and without signing the said statement he is treated as absconded in the
Inform the patient and the relatives
a day or two before the discharge
Get the discharge slip prepared
after checking the vital signs and examining the patient.
The nurses should see that the
patients personnel hygiene is maintained, he is dressed in home clothes and has
Hand over the patient' s belongings
and any valuables, which have been kept safely, to the patient or the relative
under proper receipt.
Complete the unit admission and
discharge registers, case sheet and other records.
Hand over the case sheet and other
records to medical record department under proper receipt.
Informing the hospital authorities
about the discharge if the patient is medicolegal.
Hand over the discharge slip to the
patient or relative and
The treatment and the diet to be
taken at home
Follow-up visits and inform to bring
the discharge slip on every visits
Any special advice pertaining to
See that the patient receives all
the medicines as per discharge slip.
Check the hospital things before the
patient leaves the ward.
Place the patient in the wheel chair
or stretcher according to the patient' s condition until he leaves the
after the patient leaves, reorganise the unit.