How to Improve Pain Management
As hospital administrators know, many reasons for readmissions are avoidable. Improved discharge planning and ensuring patients have follow up appointments are some common ways hospitals are tackling readmissions. However, one of the most common causes of readmission is actually inadequate pain management.
Bobbie Gerhart, a thirty plus year veteran of the Miami hospital system, recommends focusing on pain management in the surgical suite because it is easier to more tightly manage the ambulatory and procedural populations. In the article Reducing Readmission Rates with Superior Pain Management, Gerhart covers:
- Why readmission rates are a key focus for hospitals
- What causes readmissions
- How to reduce readmissions