Inpatient Flow Strategies
Inpatient Flow Strategies Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Wait times in hospital emergency departments (EDs) have increased dramatically, with implications for the health and health care of millions of people. Hospitals can use the Input/Throughput/Output Model of Patient Flow (Adobe Reader is required to view or print the PDF. Download a free copy here.) to create a work plan for systematically assessing patient flow problems.
The featured Innovations describe three hospital programs that used inpatient flow strategies to solve the problem of patient overcrowding.
- Hospital Integrates Census Management for Disaster Planning Into Operations, Leading to Better Capacity Management and Increased Throughput
- Transferring Admitted Emergency Department Patients to Hallway Beds Leads to Lower Length of Stay and Higher Patient Satisfaction
- Telephone Nurse Triage System Reduces Use of Emergency Department by Nonurgent Patients, Reducing Wait Times, Length of Stay, and Patient Walkouts
Also in This Issue:
- Real-Time, Color-Coded Alerts Improve Adherence to Pediatric Asthma Guidelines in Primary Care Practices
- Pager-Based System Enables Prompt Communication and Acknowledgment of Critical Laboratory Results, Eliminating Thousands of Phone Calls to Physicians
- Integrated System Nearly Doubles Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Through Distribution of In-home Kit and Followup With Nonresponders