Hospital Discharge: Results From an Italian Multicenter Prospective Study Using Blaylock Risk Assessment Screening Score
To analyze the predictive validity and reliability of the Blaylock Risk Assessment Screening Score (BRASS) Index in a large group of patients.
Prospective multicenter observational study was conducted in six Italian hospitals. Data were collected in three phases.
Seven hundred eleven patients were recruited. The mean length of hospitalization for low-risk patients was significantly shorter than those in the medium and high-risk groups. Patients with a BRASS Index lower than 10, unlike those with a higher BRASS Index, were mainly discharged home.
Our results indicate that the BRASS Index is useful to identify patients at risk for prolonged hospitalization
The use of a validated BRASS instrument can be useful to screen the patients, improving individual discharge planning.
BRASS Index; discharge planning; nursing care; validation study.