A strategy to implement a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease discharge care bundle on a large scale

Sally Schreder, Louise Sewell, Michael C. Steiner, Sally J. Singh

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Care bundles may be an effective tool to standardise care for patients admitted with an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, it is unclear how care bundles can be implemented without the need for additional resources. We redeployed a respiratory early discharge service
(REDS) to deliver a COPD discharge bundle. We audited the effect of this service redesign on length of stay (LOS) and uptake of referrals to smoking cessation and pulmonary rehabilitation services. Of 1,742 patients with COPD, 1,170 received the discharge care bundle. Mean LOS for patients who received
the discharge care bundle was 6.17 days versus 7.08 days for patients who did not. Smoking cessation and pulmonary rehabilitation referrals increased during the project year. A COPD discharge care bundle can be implemented on a large scale by redeploying a REDS without an increase on hospital LOS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-201
Number of pages4
JournalFuture Hospital Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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