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discharge destination

In rehabilitation medicine, the place where a patient is assigned after hospitalization, emergency, injury, or surgery. Examples include home, foster home, short-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, or long-term care facilities.

discharge planning

Any strategy to facilitate outpatient care for someone receiving inpatient health services. It may include the identification of the proposed date of hospital discharge, a program for the use of professional, institutional, or familial home health services, a review of the appropriate use of prescriptions and their side effects, instructions for the use of durable medical equipment, and a list of appointments for follow-up care.

discharge summary

A document that outlines the details of the hospitalization of a patient.

PATIENT CARE: The document is prepared when the patient is released from a health care facility and is incorporated in his or her permanent medical records. It should ideally include the explanation for the patient's admission; a record of his or her complaints, physical findings, laboratory results and radiographic studies while hospitalized; a list of changes in his or her medications at discharge; and recommendations for follow-up care. For optimal patient care, the summary should be transmitted to or reviewed with the outpatient's primary care provider. SYN: discharge abstract.


(dĭs′chărg″ĭng) The emission of or the flowing out of material, as the discharge of pus from a lesion; excretion.


A branch or domain of knowledge, instruction, or learning. Nursing, medicine, physical therapy, and social work are examples of health-related or professional disciplines. History, sociology, psychology, chemistry, and physics are examples of academic disciplines.


(dĭs-sĭzh′ŭn) [L. dis, apart, + scindere, to cut] Rupture of the capsule of the crystalline lens in cataract surgery.

discitis, diskitis

(dis(k)-īt′ĭs, disk-īt′ĭs) [disk + -itis] Inflammation of a disk, esp. an interarticular cartilage.


(dĭs′kō-sīt″) [″ + ″] A normally shaped red blood cell.


(dĭs″kō-jĕn′ĭk) [″ + gennan, to produce] Caused by an intervertebral disk.


(dĭs′koyd) Like a disk.

disconnection syndrome

Disturbance of the visual and language functions of the central nervous system due to interruption of the connections between two cerebral hemispheres in the corpus callosum, occlusion of the anterior cerebral artery, or interruption of the connections between different parts of one hemisphere. These disorders also may be produced by tumors or hypoxia. They can manifest in several ways including the inability, when blindfolded, to match an object held in one hand with that in the other; the inability to execute a ...

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