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Conversations about Optimizing Hospital Operations

Patient Flow Weekly Top Three | Issue 19

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Client Success Webinar Series: Redefining the Discharge Process

December 12th, 2017
1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

McLeod Health is a seven hospital system with 931 acute licensed beds serving more than one million people in Florence County, SC. The focus of this session will be on culture change and what it takes to initiate, transform and sustain change.

Who should attend? Patient Flow/Patient Placement Managers; Case Managers; Performance Improvement Managers

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5 Strategies to Improve Patient Flow

The operational challenges inherent in our highly complex health care systems often mean that patients do not receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This leads to wasteful, sub-optimal care; it is also potentially harmful to patients. Harm as a result of poor patient flow manifests itself in many ways — an anxious ED patient waiting in pain to be admitted to a hospital bed that is unavailable; delays in initiating treatments or procedures for an acutely ill patient because of waiting times for transfer to the appropriate service or hospital unit; a patient, boarded in a medical-surgical bed instead of an ICU or specialty-unit bed due to overcrowding, receiving less than optimal care because of the respective skills sets of each unit’s care teams.

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Conversations on Optimizing Hospital Operations

Today’s reality―an aging population with increasing healthcare needs, highly complex inpatient cases, and sharply rising costs combined with shrinking reimbursement, are challenging hospitals to optimize internal operations and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of care.  Additionally, emergency department (ED) overcrowding that results from delays in getting patients placed in a bed can also result in ambulance diversions―all of which negatively impact the quality and safety of patient care.  Not to mention the fact that hospitals risk losing revenue from inefficient processes.

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