Discharge Summary

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A discharge summary is a medical document that summarizes a patient's hospital course. It is handwritten or typed, but never laminated, rarely framed. It can be made available as paperback, hard cover, or with audio. It includes pertinent information, such as a patient's favorite color or childhood hero. The length of a discharge summary is inversely proportional to the length of the hospital stay.[1][2] In other words, expect a thorough documentation for an overnight stay, but also expect a haiku if the patient has been in the hospital for more than 30 days. To send a discharge summary to another provider for follow-up, simply fold into a paper plane and fly.[3]

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  1. Study: Length of D/C Summary Inversely Proportional to Length of Stay (LOS) (Gomerblog)
  2. Three-Sentence Discharge Summary For Six-Month Hospitalization (Gomerblog)
  3. Stack of Paperwork Transforms into Fleet of Paper Planes (Gomerblog)

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