Evidence Based Best Practices in Clinical Healthcare

Title

Improving Patient Flow Through the Emergency Department

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

Minor

N/A

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Marcia Hobbs

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

One of the biggest challenges in Emergency Medicine, to date, is emergency room overcrowding which is associated with excessive length of stay and patient flow. Emergency department overcrowding is associated with decreased patient satisfaction, increased morbidity and mortality. The suggested length of stay in the emergency department to prevent these complication is less than four hours. This research was compiled to propose solutions to improve patient flow through the emergency department, in turn, decreasing overcrowding and the complications associated with overcrowding. The research supported a triage system and also suggested two other methods including utilizing a Clinical Decision Unit and understanding the hospital census to improve patient flow and decrease overcrowding.

Location

Large Ballroom, Curris Center, Murray State University

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Affiliations

Nursing

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Nov 14th, 11:30 AM Nov 14th, 1:30 PM

Improving Patient Flow Through the Emergency Department

Large Ballroom, Curris Center, Murray State University

One of the biggest challenges in Emergency Medicine, to date, is emergency room overcrowding which is associated with excessive length of stay and patient flow. Emergency department overcrowding is associated with decreased patient satisfaction, increased morbidity and mortality. The suggested length of stay in the emergency department to prevent these complication is less than four hours. This research was compiled to propose solutions to improve patient flow through the emergency department, in turn, decreasing overcrowding and the complications associated with overcrowding. The research supported a triage system and also suggested two other methods including utilizing a Clinical Decision Unit and understanding the hospital census to improve patient flow and decrease overcrowding.