Optimizing Emergency Department Throughput Using Best Practices to Improve Patient Flow
Emergency Department (ED) crowding and bottle necks are the reality of hospitals across the country. Patients seeking care and needing inpatient beds via the emergency rooms are facing delays with attaining the right level of care. Orchestrating a patient through an ED admission requires a multidisciplinary effort to provide safe, effective and efficient care. This quality improvement project conducted in a tertiary acute care hospital focused on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid metrics to measure Emergency Department (ED) throughput. This multidisciplinary initiative focused on reducing time stamps for patient arrival to the ED through departure to hospital or home. Outcomes showed a significant decrease in the time frame for patient arrival to being seen by a qualified provider, left without being seen rates, ED diversion, and ancillary department turnaround times. The interventions can be applied at other hospital based emergency departments.
Freibott, P. (2017). Optimizing Emergency Department Throughput Using Best Practices to Improve Patient Flow. Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety, 1 (2). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/uthoustonjqualsafe/vol1/iss2/7
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