Rapid access A&E unit improved flow more than expansion

Improving patient flow processes may have better impacts than structural / physical reorganisation of the emergency department.

Many approaches to reduce emergency department crowding require extra space and staff. This study compared the impact of expanding the emergency department versus improving patient flow processes through a rapid assessment unit at hospital. The hospital first undertook physical expansion and then later reorganised patient flow. After emergency department expansion there were negative outcomes including increased length of stay and more patients leaving without being seen. After the rapid assessment unit was set up, patients saw professionals more quickly and had reduced length of stay (average 67 minutes).
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s