2019 Graduate Student Showcase

Title of Submission

Improving the Discharge Process for Children with Single Ventricle Heart Disease

Degree Program

Nursing, DNP

Major Advisor Name

Sara Ahten

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster

Judging Session

10:30am - 12pm - Judging Session #2


Problem Description: There remains a gap in discharge care for patients with SVHD.

Rationale: Patient care needs after discharge are complex and require supportive coordination.

Interventions: Parents participated in a revised discharge plan consisting of an outpatient nurse coordinator, revised discharge education, remote home monitoring, and a telemedicine encounter within 48 hours of discharge.

Results: A 31% decrease in hospital encounters and 50% decrease in average length of stay was experienced in the study group (n=5). Parent’s perception of discharge readiness data was extremely positive.

Conclusion: The implementation of a focused discharge plan positively impacted patients with SVHD.

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