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Transitioning from Acute Care to Home Care

A primary goal of a successful care transition from acute care to home care is to reduce the need for further, mostly preventable, re-admissions of patients with chronic medical conditions. Prior to COVID, such efforts were largely driven by the need to avoid financial penalties for “excessive” 30-day readmissions. During the present COVID crisis, there is the added pressure of reducing readmissions to safely allow for the reallocation of clinical and human resources for the more acutely ill. Post-COVID, there will likely be further pressures for successful care transition should the expected caseload surge materialize once the pandemic is controlled.

This presentation will review the key steps necessary for the successful transition to home for patients hospitalized for an exacerbation of the chronic respiratory disease. Types of post-hospital resources, required to facilitate continuing self-care needs, will be discussed, including third-party reimbursement options and guidelines. The value that the hospital-based RT can contribute to a successful transition of care process will be highlighted.

Successful completion of this course requires a score of 70% on the post-test.

Original webcast date: October 26, 2021

**Please note that all programs require the participant to view the entire program prior to taking the final quiz and obtaining a course certificate.**

Approved for 1.00 CRCE Hours.


List the continuing care needs that may be required for patients being discharged following hospitalization for an exacerbation of a chronic respiratory condition.
Discuss the most common obstacles encountered when providing hospital-to-home care transition for chronic respiratory patients, including strategies to minimize their impact.
Describe the important role of the hospital-based RT in planning, and arranging for, the timely setup/delivery of prescribed respiratory equipment, medications, and supplies.


Transitioning from Acute Care to Home Care

Speaker Information

Becky K. Anderson RRT
Timothy Buckley MSc, RRT, FAARC
Patrick J. Dunne, MEd, RRT, FAARC

Member: $9.00
Non-Member: $18.00Your price