Brigham and Women’s Hospital has produced a new report analyzing the successes of hospital-wide interdisciplinary care programs for patients at risk of delirium, alcohol withdrawal, and suicide harm (DASH). The report, published in July’s Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, highlights the effectiveness of clinical improvement initiatives upon reducing readmission rates in hospitals. Many patients dealing with mental health issues are not provided the necessary care, placing them at increased risk for above-average admission rates.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital explains that patients with the DASH diagnosis can be found across all departments of the hospital, as these issues can be either a primary or secondary diagnosis. Identifying and treating these delirium, withdrawal, and self-harm conditions is critical to providing the best care, as well as reducing their need to be readmitted to the hospital.
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