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  1. Emmerling, Sheryl A. PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  2. Fisher, Mary C. MSN, RN, NEA-BC
  3. McGarvey, Jeremey MS


OBJECTIVE: To investigate if there is a relationship between the use of a patient discharge hospitality center (DHC) and hospital readmissions.


BACKGROUND: Hospital discharge lounges or DHCs have been developed to improve patient throughput. No studies have been conducted to determine if a discharge location influences hospital readmission.


METHODS: Data were extracted for adults discharged to home or self-care. Patients were stratified by discharge/last department and admitting/discharge service lines. Readmission rates between groups in the stratified data were compared. DHC and control patients were matched on gender, marital status, age at admission, type, discharging/last department before the DHC, discharging service line, and readmission risk category.


RESULTS: There was no significant difference in the readmission rate of the control group (9.74%) compared with the DHC group (9.93%), [chi]21 (n = 3204) = 0.031, P = .86.


CONCLUSIONS: The results of this analysis do not indicate that being discharged from a DHC has an impact on readmission rates.