Patient Safety: Cognitive Assessment at Intensive Care Unit Discharge

Author(s): Malissa A. Mulkey, PhD, APRN, CCNS, CCRN, CNRN, DaiWai M. Olson, PhD, RN, CCRN, Sonya R. Hardin, PhD, APRN, NP-C

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2026

Topics: Patient Safety

Population: Geriatric, Adult

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Ten percent of adults discharged from an intensive care unit (ICU) with high-risk conditions are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. The health care burden associated with these readmissions exceeds $26 billion annually. Assessing the patient’s functional cognition assessment and advocating for appropriate resources are needed to improve patient and clinical outcomes to ensure that the transition of care is successful. Older adults who are discharged from the ICU are at high risk for readmission. Hospital standards do not include the assessments needed to ensure the safety of discharged patients. Strategies to bridge the transition from hospital discharge to home are needed to prevent hospital readmissions in high-risk populations such as older adults discharged from the ICU.


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  • Identify two ways nurses can assist with reducing readmission

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