March 11, 2019

Discharging surgical patients earlier in the day linked to LOS, hospital throughput

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

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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