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Transferring, and
Discharging Patients
Admission Anxiety…
Admission can cause
anxiety and fear
Transferring from
one room to the
next is an
example… the
patient has to
adjust to the new
Health Care Workers
It is very important that the a health care
worker makes a good first impression and
makes the patient feel “at home”
Some Examples…
Being courteous, supportive, kind, and
giving clear instructions on how to
follow procedures
Health Care Workers…
Do not rush when admitting, transferring, or
discharging a patient.
Allow the individual to ask questions
(if you do not know the answer ask a
Admission, Transfer, or Discharge
Facilities have a specific form for each form
Forms list the procedures that must be
performed and will vary slightly from
facility to facility
Information must be complete and accurate
If patient does not know answer to
a question, a relative of the
person responsible for patient
may provide information.
Questions regarding medications or
allergies are answered by the
Certain procedures have to be followed…
Vital signs, height and weight
measurements, and collection of a routine
urine specimen
Use good technique while performing these
List patient’s possessions… clothing,
valuables, and personal items
Family members may take clothing items
List must be checked by both health care
worker and patient
At the time of transfer or discharge, list
must be checked to make sure that
patient has all belongings
If family does not
take clothing
home, it should be
put in safe place
Money is counted,
recorded, and kept
in wallet
Patient and Faculty should be oriented with
instructions on how to operate equipment
such as
How to operate the call signal, bed controls,
television remote, and other equipment
Also visiting hours, location of lounges, smoking
regulations and other services should be
Done for variety of reasons…
change in patient’s condition, or patient’s
Agency policy must be followed and the
reason should be explained to the patient
and family.
The new room or unit
must be ready to
receive the patient
(clothing and
personal items must
be transferred with
An organized transfer
helps prevent fear
and anxiety