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Percent of Heart Failure Patients Given Discharge Instructions

Description of Measure

The staff at the hospital should provide you with information to help you manage your heart failure symptoms when you are discharged.

Why is this Important?

Heart failure is a chronic condition. It results in symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, and fatigue. Before you leave the hospital, the staff at the hospital should provide you with information to help you manage the symptoms after you get home. The information should include your:

  • activity level (what you can and can't do)
  • diet (what you should and shouldn't eat or drink)
  • medications
  • follow-up appointment
  • watching your daily weight
  • what to do if your symptoms get worse
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All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.

Data reported are based on discharges from 2nd Quarter 2012 through 1st Quarter 2013.

 


 

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