Case study from Heart failure policy and practice in Europe

Resources to support hospital care and discharge planning

17 November, 2020

The Heart Failure Association (working group) of the Spanish Society of Cardiology developed a short checklist and infographic for healthcare professionals involved in heart failure care.1 2 These resources cover a typically high-risk period in the patient care journey, up to 30 days after hospital discharge. They outline crucial care elements to reduce the risk of hospital readmission, including:

  • guideline-based hospital care and treatment
  • requirements for safe discharge, including stable heart failure, patient education and empowerment, and a detailed care plan
  • follow-up with a primary care physician within seven days and a heart failure specialist within two weeks of discharge
  • nurse-led support in community settings
  • confirmation of stable heart failure and review of the care plan at 30 days post-discharge.1 2


  1. Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Transición del paciente hospitalizado con insuficiencia cardiaca. Available from: [Accessed 12/08/20]
  2. Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Decálogo sobre la transición del paciente hospitalizado con insuficiencia cardíaca. Available from: [Accessed 12/08/20]
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