Project RED Reduces Hospital Readmissions of Short-Stay SNF Patients

October 25, 2013 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Before implementation of Project Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) in one skilled nursing facility’s (SNF) subacute unit, the rate of hospital readmission within 30 days of discharge from the SNF was 18.9%; after implementation, it was 10.2%, reports a study in the October 2013 Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. The study compared outcomes for 524 patients who received care at the SNF before the intervention with outcomes for 100 patients after implementation. A planning committee adapted Project RED, which was developed for use in acute care settings, for use in the SNF. The committee included a former subacute care patient, the medical director, the director of nursing, the license administrator, floor nurses, a staff therapist, a dietitian, and two social work case managers. SNF staff created a personalized care plan for each patient and taught the patient and family members about the patient’s condition and the care plan.

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