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Letters Stress of sending patients home

The decision to send patients home is loaded with expectation

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 19 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4177
  1. Graeme M Mackenzie, hospital general practitioner, freelance
  1. Twickenham TW1 3JB, UK
  1. graememerrie{at}

The discussion around discharging patients is important.1 Discharge, whether from a ward or emergency department, is loaded with the expectation that any untoward event after discharge will be blamed on …

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