Patient Throughput Resources

Patient Flow: Where to Start with Your Hospital | Published June 21, 2013 | PatientFlowSummit
Dr. Eugene Litvak, PhD, Institute for Healthcare Optimization, JCAHO Patient Flow Editor, Harvard Adjunct Professor give ideas on where to get started with improving patient flow at your hospital. Link to Video.

Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding: A Guide for Hospitals | Published October 2011 | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
Nearly half of EDs report operating at or above capacity, and 9 out of 10 hospitals report holding or “boarding” admitted patients in the ED while they await inpatient beds. There are several reasons why addressing ED crowding should be at the forefront of your organizations’ improvement efforts. Download PDF.

Using Tracking Tools to Improve Patient Flow in Hospitals | Published April 2011 | California Healthcare Foundation
Rather than increasing physical capacity to meet growing patient volumes, hospitals can increase their service capacity by improving their ability to move patients through the treatment system, a process known as “throughput.” Patient tracking technologies provide information to improve the “flow” of patients…. Download PDF.