What is a "safe" discharge?

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What is a "safe" discharge?   Are there legal ramifications associated with this?

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School: Duke University

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safe discharge is a situation that begins when a patient reaches the emergency area in the hospital for a nurse assessment and ends when the patients are done with treatment and a nurse has assessed their situation.

The legal ramifications associated with safe discharge involve the ethical rights of the patient such as a breach of confidentiality by a nurse, the duty of a nurse to report any advances in the illness of the patient and a duty to warn the patient on what they should or should not do.

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