The transition from the hospital to the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) or Nursing Facility (NF) or Home Health Care agency is a high-risk time for the patient. It is a time of frequent errors leading to iatrogenic complications. Your careful attention to detail and accuracy will reduce the risk for your patient.

Writing out the orders: many institutions have a transfer sheet with boxes and stimulus words to assist us in writing comprehensive, accurate order sets. Often, the spaces we are asked to write in the orders are cramped and we are unable to fit the orders into the little boxes. An excellent alternative is to just use a regular hospital order sheet and this Pearl card as your guide. SNF & NF have found these orders be extremely clear and understandable. We recommend you try it.