Checklist for patients discharged from hospital with a medical device

General considerations

  • medicines and healthcare product regulatory agencyIs the device suitable for home use (have, for example, robustness, back-up systems, alarms been considered if appropriate, modifications needed, patient care and instructions)?
  • Has the person responsible for the use of the device been identified,  is this the patient and / or carer?
  • Is the loan equipment schedule maintenance status compatible with the loan?
  • Has the device been fully tested with confirmed full functionality and fitness for purpose?

Patient / Carer Instructions

  • Does the patient / carer know the name of the device?
  • Does the patient / carer know how to set up the device in the home?
  • Has the patient / carer been trained in the use and functions of the device?
  • Has the patient / carer been provided with written instructions specifically about the device?
  • Has the patient / carer been trained in how to deal with fail-safe features, for example alarms?
  • Has the patient / carer been trained in the care of the device?
  • Does the patient / carer require accessories? If so, does the patient/carer know where to obtain these and how often?
  • Is maintenance required? If so, is the patient / carer aware and in possession of instructions about how this will be achieved?
  • Does the patient / carer have a point of contact in the Trust for any queries?
  • If relevant, does the patient / carer have a contact point in case of emergency?

Return

  • Does the patient / carer know when to return the device?
  • Does the patient / carer know where to return the device once treatment is complete, to whom and at what time?

This information is taken from the Department of Health.