Academic clinical discharge summary notes provide a unique opportunity to practice and demonstrate advanced practice documentation skills, to develop and demonstrate critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills, and to practice identifying acute and chronic problems and formulating a evidence-based plans of care.
Develop an academic clinical discharge summary note based on a hospital patient seen during clinical. The discharge summary note should include the following:
- Reason for admission: Include the reason for admission, a list of diagnoses in order of acuity, and an ICD-10 diagnosis.
- List of all procedures: Include all dates, significant findings, and any anesthetics and contrast used during procedures.
- Complete list of consults during hospitalization: Include any providers or services consulted during stay.
- Patient’s condition at discharge: Include a physical exam prior to discharge that documents that patient is stable at discharge and has safe disposition and transportation. What diagnostic criteria confirmed the discharge diagnosis?
- Complete list of discharge medications: Full list with all dosages, frequencies, and quantity of medications prescribed or dispensed.
- Pending test results for follow up: Complete list of any pathology, cultures, radiology, or other diagnostic tests still pending, and who is responsible for follow-up on final results.
- Complete list of discharge instructions: Full list of directions regarding infection prevention, new medications, and returning to daily activities.
- Complete list of discharge follow-ups: Full list of any therapies, treatments, referrals, consults, and follow-up appointments. What diagnostic criteria were needed after discharge?
- Summary: What questions were raised during the hospital stay? Include all explanations and answers to these questions. What questions were raised that required further exploration? What kind of discharge planning did you need? Characterize your patient interaction activities.
- Overall assessment: Identify health promotions, health education, ethical considerations, geriatric considerations, and expected outcomes.
Incorporate three peer-reviewed articles in the assessment or plan.