Early discharge

Briefing paper

An evidence-based approach to reducing discharge against medical advice amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

Discharge against medical advice (DAMA), also referred to as self-discharge, occurs when an in-patient leaves a hospital or healthcare setting before discharge is advised by the treating provider. DAMA causes interruption of treatment therapies and is strongly associated with post-operative complications, increased morbidity and mortality...

Early postnatal discharge: what the mothers say and women's health in the first 6 months after birth

Early postnatal discharge is itself not a new concept. Its first recorded use was in New Orleans, 1942, when postnatal mothers were discharged soon after birthing to relieve pressure on crowded hospital situations. Since then, the effects of early postnatal discharge on mothers and babies...