Trial of a Virtual Home HD Ward
Transitions from hospital stays back to home can lead to gaps in care. In Toronto, a virtual ward (VW) has been tested to see if care can be made more seamless. Following hospital discharge, a procedure, an antibiotic prescription, and/or completion of home dialysis training, patients were followed in the VW for 14 days. A nurse looked for the need for an HD prescription change, coordination of follow-up care, and medication changes. Care gaps were found in 67% of the 52 VW admissions for a total of 85 gaps. The researchers concluded that using a VW is practical, feasible, and identifies gaps that can be addressed.
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