California-based Nurse-led Discharge Learning (CANDLE) Collaborative - Phase II
Between 20 and 45 percent of children with special health care needs experience problems after hospital discharge that require active intervention. Many of these problems could be prevented by improved discharge planning. Previous foundation grants supported development of pediatric-specific hospital discharge standards. Phase I of this project followed up on that work by supporting nurses as leaders in adopting new discharge standards at several California hospitals. Phase II, guided by a national advisory committee, will provide evidence of implementation and measurement of adherence to discharge standards in these hospitals. Implementation tools and measures to promote similar quality improvement activities in other children’s hospitals will be developed and disseminated.