Date of Award
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Patients on maintenance hemodialysis have high rates of 30-day hospital readmissions. This causes a high burden on the Medicare budget as well as a high burden on hospitals, and the number of hemodialysis patients is only expected to increase. The readmission rate for maintenance hemodialysis patients in the project facility is higher than the United States average. Current education in the project facility is for patients to receive some printed booklets, pamphlets, and internet materials to read after discharge from the hospital. The proposed change to practice is to receive one-on-one education designed by hemodialysis nurses and to develop an internet presentation patients can access after hospital discharge to review common complications in this patient population. After receiving the education, nurses will ask patients if they found it helpful, and nurses in surrounding outpatient dialysis units will ask patients if they found it helpful after they went home. Readmission rates will be measured to determine if the project has had an impact.
Keller, Kristi L., "Effects of Nurse-Led Hemodialysis Education Intervention on Hospital Readmission Rates" (2023). Master of Science in Nursing Theses and Projects. 59.
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