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Discharge Supplies (2.1.11)

Discharge Supplies (2.1.11) - Policies, Clinical, UW Health Clinical, General Care and Procedures, Admission, Discharge, Transfer


Policy Title: Discharge Supplies
Policy Number: 2.1.11
Category: UW Health
Type: Inpatient
Effective Date: December 1, 2015


To provide the appropriate type and amount of disposable discharge medical supplies to patients. To
facilitate and monitor the discharge supply ordering and charge capture process.


The amount of medically necessary supplies provided to patients upon discharge is at the clinician's
discretion. It is strongly suggested that no more than three days w orth of discharge supplies be provided.
The clinician must keep these supplies to a minimum because UWHC does not keep large quantities of
supplies on hand and Central Services must not deplete their stock. The clinician should also consider any
compelling reason(s) related to the patient or family member's ability to purchase or have delivered
medically necessary supplies w ithin the three days after discharge. Clinicians w ill inform patients of their
options for choosing a provider for discharge supplies by giving the patient a copy of HFFY #7717
Disposable Medical Supplies.


A. Check physician's orders.
B. Determine if payer source has a preferred provider for Durable Medical Equipment/supplies. This is
completed by consulting the patient's case manager or social w orker.
C. Inform the patient of his/her right to choose the provider of discharge supplies and share current UWHC
information regarding the different sources of such supplies, including local discount drug stores.
i. Check w ith the patient:
a. Determine supplies needed.
b. Determine supplies patient currently has.
c. Determine supplies to be obtained by patient/family at their local drug or discount store.
d. Determine supplies necessary to order from Central Services.
e. For Medicare patients, determine if the patient w ill have a skilled Home Health Agency
referral and, if so, the items the Home Health Agency is required to supply. The case
manager or social w orker can assist w ith this.
ii. The case manager or primary nurse may call ahead and order special supplies from the provider
specif ied by the patient.
iii. Saline and Heparin f lushes may be covered under the patient's prescription drug benefit and should
not automatically be given to the patient as a discharge supply. If needed, these f lushes must be
ordered from Pharmacy; Central Services does not carry them.
D. Use the CS Online Catalog & Order Form.
E. Provide the patient a list of the supplies s/he is responsible for obtaining.


Health Facts for You (HFFY #7717) Disposable Medical Supplies
Central Services Online Catalog & Order Form found on U-Connect.


Author(s): Director, Nursing; Director, Coordinated Care; Director, Materials Management
Senior Management Sponsor: Sr. VP, Patient Care Services and CNO
Review ers: (committees, individuals, or any content experts involved during the revision process)
Approval committees: UW Health Clinical Policy Committee
UW Health Clinical Policy Committee Approval: October 19, 2015

UW Health is a cohesive, united and integrated academic medical enterprise comprised of several entities.
This policy applies to facilities and programs operated by the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

Policy Title: Discharge Supplies
Policy Number: 2.1.11

and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Inc., and to clinical fac ilities and programs
administered by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Each entity is
responsible for enforcement of this policy in relation to the facilities and programs that it operates.


Jeff Grossman, MD
UW Health CEO

J. Scott McMurray, MD
Chair, UW Health Clinical Policy Committee

Version: Revision
Next Revision Due: April 1, 2018
Formerly Know n as: Hospital Administrative policy #8.44