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Heart Failure Readmission and Rebound Hospitalisations

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Provider
Ausmed

The aim to reduce readmission after heart failure hospitalisation is not a new one.

Over 30% of hospitalisations for heart failure in Australia and New Zealand result in death or readmission within 30 days. One out of three, these are startling odds.

Unfortunately, there are few working solutions routinely offered outside of an ever-expanding series of drug options.

Factors Affecting Heart Failure Readmission Rates

Diet and Exercise

There are a few useful recommendations available which stress non-pharmacologic management of the heart failure (HF) client. For one, there is a need to educate and counsel patients about the importance of dietary restriction of salt and fluid management (water restriction). Failure to manage both dietary elements is the single most common cause of flare-ups in congestive heart failure patients.

Unfortunately, there is a cataclysmic disconnect between the provision of ‘good counsel’ and proper follow-through. When a patient receives stellar advice from a qualified professional, all that has occurred is an (often one-way) discussion.

It remains wholly possible for the patient to ignore, forget or otherwise dismiss every dietary pearl they received only to remember them when poised on the gurney’s edge. This is not necessarily willful disregard. Truthfully, often, the patient just has one too many things on their plate to allow for thoughtful dietary management.

The same is true for many other recommendations which can be made to decrease the risk of rehospitalisation. A strong case can be made for HF patients to seek proper exercise instruction, as regular activity has been shown to be of prime importance in the management of their disease.

Delivery
Title
Heart Failure Readmission and Rebound Hospitalisations
Speciality Classification
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Start Date
04-Mar-2020
End Date
04-Mar-2022
CPD Points
4m of CPD
Price
Free
Price Details
Subscription Needed
Location
Online
Price:
Free
Subscription Needed
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