Discipline doctors over poor discharges?

Half of all hospital discharge summaries omit significant clinical information and one in 10 lack the main diagnosis, according to an audit of a tertiary hospital.

The study soon to be published in the Internal Medicine Journal found acute renal failure, anaemia and electrolyte disturbances were the most commonly omitted comorbidities in discharge documentation.

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The poor practice of writing complete discharge summaries was because inexperienced and busy junior staff were left in charge of