The Readmission Rates Of Congestive Heart Failure Essay

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The purpose of this research review was to find tools, methods and practice procedures which will decrease the readmission rates of Congestive Heart Failure(CHF) patients 65 years of age and older within 30 days of discharge from a hospitalization. Studies included the tools to identify patients highest at risk for readmission, CHF clinic specific follow-up program, multidisciplinary approaches that include pharmacist’s being involved at the bedside and A literature review was conducted based on six research articles that focused on Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patients in the United States. The six articles chosen utilized quantitative research that focused on a population of patients that were 65 years of age and older, and the readmission rate within a 30-day time period of initial hospitalization. Clinical data was also collected regarding tools that would identify the patients that were at risk for readmission within 30-day time period and interventions that could be implemented to reduce actual readmission rate, and financial impact to hospitals due to recurrent readmissions. The article, evaluation of a Pharmacist -Managed Heart Failure Education Project: Empowering Patients to self-Manage Their Disease, “Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome caused by the inability of the heart to pump sufficient blood to meet the metabolic needs of the body” (Shepherd, Thomas, Herald, & Adane, 2015, p. 126). Symptoms of HF includes weight gain, dyspnea, edema, fatigue,

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