Assessment of service delays and impact on bed utilisation in a major teaching hospital.

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Assessment of service delays and impact on bed utilisation in a major teaching hospital.

Ir J Med Sci. 2011 Jun;180(2):533-5

Authors: Conway R, Murray FE

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Increasing economic pressures coupled with an expanding and ageing population and a hostile economic climate have led to growing interest in the optimisation of bed usage within hospitals. There are many causes for delay in a patient's discharge.
METHODS: This prospective observational study assessed consecutive patients admitted and discharged from hospital within a 52-day period for waiting times in the provision of requested diagnostic tests and services.
RESULTS: Seventy patients were included in the study. There were median delays of 2 and 3 days for an MRI and colonoscopy, a delay of 3 days for a Holter monitor report, and 9 days for an occupational therapy referral. The median wait for consults was 1 day across all three services.
CONCLUSIONS: Significant remediable delays exist during the course of many acute medical admissions. Addressing these factors will enable the provision of a faster and more cost-efficient service.

PMID: 21153929 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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