A patient is being discharged after a bilateral nephrectomy. The patient will perform peritoneal dialysis at home. Which of the following best promotes continuity of care?

Home health nurse referral to provide follow-up visits to help with peritoneal dialysis.
Provide thorough discharge instructions and medication teaching.


• In addition to thorough discharge instructions, the nurse should arrange for a home health nurse to assist the patient in performing dialysis to ensure proper technique.

• Nutrition is important, but simply asking the wife to make sure he eats enough is not adequate. The patient and his wife will need detailed diet instructions.

• Contacting the National Kidney Foundation and referral to a physical therapist are not the best interventions for providing continuity of care.

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