Portion Control Opportunities: Real Time Gains for Hospital Patient Throughput

Applied Management Systems, Inc., Burlington, Massachusetts, USA.
Journal of healthcare management / American College of Healthcare Executives (Impact Factor: 0.73). 09/2011; 56(5):293-7.
Source: PubMed


Streamlining the discharge process to increase bed availability is an outcome measure of multidisciplinary efficiency and effectiveness; it signals that the hospital's systems, people, and processes are aligned to deliver the best patient care possible. Getting patients in and out of beds smoothly is one of the toughest challenges in running a hospital today. Capitalizing on precious resources, saving on construction of new beds, and maintaining or even reducing costs in a time when access to capital is difficult are clearly among the ultimate goals of hospital leadership (Goldberg and Petasnick 2010). Being fiscally responsible while improving the inpatient discharge process demonstrates to stakeholders (e.g., doctors, employees, patients, community) that the healthcare organization has their best interest at heart.

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