Discharge Process and Criteria

 

Discharge Process and Criteria Following Day Surgery

There are 3 phases of recovery following anaesthesia:

Early recovery - awakening and recovery of vital reflexes.
Intermediate recovery - recovery to point of 'home readiness'.
Late recovery - recovery to point of 'street fitness'.

Patients are fit for discharge from the day unit when they have completed the intermediate phase of recovery .

Medical criteria to be met prior to discharge from the day unit.

Disputed criteria

The ability to take and retain oral fluids prior to discharge is increasingly disputed. It may in fact provoke nausea and vomiting.

Non-medical criteria to be met prior to discharge from the day unit.

Patient to be given:

Who should assess fitness for discharge?