March 11, 2019
Discharging surgical patients earlier in the day linked to LOS, hospital throughput
A 12-month targeted initiative to discharge surgical patients earlier was associated with a 50% increase in patients being discharged by noon in this study.
The initiative, which included preoperative and inpatient components:
- increased discharge by noon rates from 14.3% to 21.5%
- decreased length of stay (LOS) from 2.17 to 2.02 days
- significantly lowered ED, PACU, and ICU boarding times.
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