Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding: A Guide for Hospitals

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Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding: A Guide for Hospitals

Description

This guide, for hospital administrators and emergency department leaders, provides step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing patient flow improvement strategies to ease emergency department crowding.

The information and resources are organized into the following sections:

  • The need to address emergency department crowding
  • Forming a patient flow team
  • Measuring emergency department performance
  • Identifying strategies
  • Preparing to launch
  • Facilitating change and anticipating challenges
  • Sharing results
  • References
  • Guide to online resources successfully used by hospitals to improve patient flow
  • Implementation plan template
  • Example implementation plan
  • Additional readings

Developer:

Health Research & Educational Trust

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

History

Release Date: 2011
Original Summary: April 2012
Last Updated: 10/09/13

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