SNHP | Senior Nursing Poster Session

Title

Patient Flow Management Policy: Solutions for Emergency Department Boarding and Overcrowding

Presenter Information

Stacie OwensFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Hobbs

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Emergency departments are seeing an increasing number of patients resulting in overcrowded emergency departments and hospitals. This leaves many patients waiting longer to be seen as well as boarded in the emergency department for extended periods of time while waiting to be placed into an inpatient room. As policies regarding “pay-for-performance” continue to emerge, hospital policies and procedures should be evolved in order to accommodate this. Current policies and the latest evidence-based research were analyzed in order to create a policy to prevent patient overcrowding and boarding within the emergency department and hospital. This new policy encompasses the utilization of research supported strategies. These include implementing a bed manager, inpatient boarding, discharge management, and management of bed turnaround. These measures have the potential to decrease wait times within the emergency department, increase the amount of patients seen in the emergency department, decrease the amount of boarding, and promote positive outcomes for patients.

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Patient Flow Management Policy: Solutions for Emergency Department Boarding and Overcrowding

Emergency departments are seeing an increasing number of patients resulting in overcrowded emergency departments and hospitals. This leaves many patients waiting longer to be seen as well as boarded in the emergency department for extended periods of time while waiting to be placed into an inpatient room. As policies regarding “pay-for-performance” continue to emerge, hospital policies and procedures should be evolved in order to accommodate this. Current policies and the latest evidence-based research were analyzed in order to create a policy to prevent patient overcrowding and boarding within the emergency department and hospital. This new policy encompasses the utilization of research supported strategies. These include implementing a bed manager, inpatient boarding, discharge management, and management of bed turnaround. These measures have the potential to decrease wait times within the emergency department, increase the amount of patients seen in the emergency department, decrease the amount of boarding, and promote positive outcomes for patients.