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How do hospitals reduce readmission after heart surgery?

Hospitals reduce readmission after a person has heart surgery by developing programs that include discharge education, detailed medication instructions, postoperative care coordination and routine phone calls for four weeks after discharge.

In this type of program, people who have had heart surgery and have been discharged home received discharge kits equipped with wireless-enabled blood pressure monitors, oximeters, weight scales and miniaturized electrocardiogram sensors synced to a mobile tablet device. The mobile application prompts people to perform daily measurements and answer questions regarding pain, physical activity and surgical wound appearance. People's responses are initially screened by telemonitoring companies who generate summary reports.

Then the hospital's cardiac surgery discharge staff reviews any information that falls outside of the normal range and triages the details to the appropriate provider for swift, real-time interventions. Resources such as these, in addition to improved access to expert advice following hospitalization, have significant potential to impact a person's outpatient trajectory.

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