Criteria for Hospital Discharge

Criteria for Hospital Discharge

As a general rule, patients hospitalised for an acute exacerbation can be considered for discharge once the reasons for admission are controlled and/or reversed. Based on consensus, the guidelines described on table 7 have proven useful in practice.

Table 7. - Conditions that need to be met when considering patients for discharge

Symptoms are returning to baseline, including eating, sleeping etc.

Haemodynamic stability

Oxygenation returning to baseline (see Exacerbation: inpatient oxygen therapy)

Inhaled β-agonist therapy is required less frequently

Patient able to resume ambulation

Able to eat and sleep without frequent awakening by dyspnoea

Off parenteral therapy for 12-24 h

Patient (or home caregiver) understands correct use of medications

Follow-up and homecare arrangements have been completed (e.g. visiting nurse, oxygen delivery, meal provisions etc.)

Last Reviewed: February 2015