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Assessing Heart Failure in Long-Term Care Facilities
Despite known best practices, long-term care facilities continue to experience gaps in quality of for high-risk medical conditions, including heart failure. The mean prevalence of heart failure within the long-term care setting is estimated to be 20% (17- 45%), depending on geographic location and study population. Within the long-term care setting, hospital readmission rates average 27% within the first thirty days post inpatient heart failure discharge. Individuals with heart failure who are admitted to long-term care facilities often have greater disease severity, comorbidities and distinctive vulnerabilities.
The purpose of the heart failure assessment guideline is to outline a systematic approach for the assessment of heart failure and the early recognition of symptoms of worsening heart failure in the long-term care setting, post-acute care units, and short-term rehabilitation units using taught observation skills of direct caregivers. This evidence-based practice guideline is intended for use by healthcare workers in long-term care facilities.
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Writing Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines
The purpose of this guideline is to help authors with step-by-step directions about how to write an evidence-based practice (EBP) guideline. The practice guidelines are used by nurses and other care providers and therefore the development of EBP guidelines based on the most current research evidence is essential to enhance clinical decision making designed to achieve improved patient outcomes, quality of care. Written 2001; Revised 2005; 2012; 2016; Reviewed 2018.
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