Every hospital cares that their patients transition home smoothly and want to provide patients with the tools they need to feel comfortable with their care in the time following discharge. Assess your current discharge processes and documents to see if you are ready to implement PODS.
Use this form to see if your current discharge materials are patient-centred.
PODS was implemented at 8 hospitals in Toronto with varying discharge processes and patient populations. Find out what worked well for specific patient groups.
What resources are needed to successfully implement PODS in your hospital.
This section also includes a pdf of the PODS template and samples from other groups who have implemented PODS since the pilot. If you have a sample PODS you created, please share it with us through our contact page.
Part of the early adopter group, TEGH is a community hospital providing acute and surgery care to patients. Their PODS is created by pulling data from various forms within the EHR.
SMH is an academic hospital. PODS was implemented with adult urology patients.
Part of the early adopter group, SJHC is a community hospital who implemented PODS with COPD and CHF patients. The PODS is delivered to the patient by a nurse navigator. Each patient population has a custom PODS with pre-filled information about expected symptoms.
Part of the early adopter group, MSH is an academic hospital who implemented PODS with orthopedic patients.
Part of the early adopter group, HBKR is a pediatric rehabilitation hospital who implemented PODS with specialized orthopedic and developmental rehab patients. The PODS acts as a reference guide for the discharge package and is create in the EHR.
Part of the early adopter group, BH is an adult rehabilitation hospital who implemented PODS with acquired brain injury patients. Each PODS is created together with the patient at a facilitated team meeting.
SickKids is a pediatric hospital. Unit 5A treats surgery patients. After seeing the PODS from the two early adopter groups in the hospital (4D and 8B), they created their own.
Part of the early adopter group, SickKids is a pediatric hospital. Unit 8B treats patients post-blood and marrow transplant. They used PODS to create a discharge checklist and patient booklet.
Part of the early adopter group, SickKids is a pediatric hospital. Unit 4D treats cardiology patients. They implemented PODS as a form for patient families to fill out while they are being taught discharge instructions by their care team.
Part of the early adopter group, TRI is an adult rehabilitation hospital and member of the University Health Network. PODS was implemented with spinal cord injury patients. Each PODS is created together with the patient at a facilitated team meeting.
The original PODS template is available as a fillable pdf or as an interactive form.