Care Transitions:  Congestive Heart Failure - Pt. 2

May 08, 2012

Once an individual has been treated and released from the hospital with a diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure, the Caregiver and/or family member must closely monitor the Client for any of the following symptoms to prevent re-hospitalization:

  • Productive Cough
  • Decreased urine output
  • Difficulty lying down, or unable to sleep lying flat
  • Weakness, tires easily
  • Rapid pulse rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wakes often during the night due to shortness of breath
  • Weight gain due to fluid retention

Furthermore, the family member and/or Caregiver should  observe and record the following after each hospitalization:

  • The number of times the Client urinates daily
  • Record the amount of fluids that the Client is drinking daily
  • Examine the Clients lower legs, ankles and feet for signs of increased swelling
  • Weigh the Client every morning at the same time, and before eating breakfast, and keep a daily log of the weight
  • Monitor and record that the Client is taking their medications, and that they take them at the same time each day

As a family member or professional caregiver, if you observe the aforementioned symptoms, or notice a change in the pattern of  daily weight and/or liquid/solid input or output make sure that a medical professional is alerted right away.