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New Report Helps Hospitals Identify the Source of Discharge Delays

Steve Jourdan - Nov 21, 2017 4:28:53 PM

The newly revamped BedWatch® Discharge Ahead of ADT Report provides additional data and visibility to help hospitals identify the units that have delayed discharges.



  • Where - Quickly identify units where there are discharge delays 
  • Who & How - Identify who and how delayed discharges are reported dirty
  • When - Report on any time period
  • Filter - Easily filter out outliers
  • Details - Drill-down and get specific details for all delayed discharges

This information is summarized by unit for the reporting period selected and reveals areas where there are possible opportunities for improvement in the discharge process.

This new report is AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY for all current customers of BedWatch Bed Control.

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How Discharge Ahead of ADT Reporting Works:

Delayed discharges are measured by reporting cases where patient discharges are initially identified by service teams (typically EVS or transport) before the patient is discharged from the hospital's system by nursing unit staff.

This is made possible because BedWatch records and reports on two different dirty time stamps: 

1. Marked Dirty in BedWatch "Dirty(BedWatch)" - This represents the time that BedWatch originally knew that the bed was dirty.  This is typically because the room was found and marked dirty by a housekeeper, EVS manager, transporter, or house supervisor using the BedWatch's mobile app or IVR.


2. Marked Dirty by ADT "Dirty(ADT)" - This represents the time BedWatch received the dirty bed information from the hospital via HL7 integration. This represents the time that a hospital user, typically a nurse or unit clerk, enters the discharge into the hospital's ADT system.


No Double Discharges - BedWatch's sophisticated integration engine is capable of handling late discharges and not marking rooms dirty again that have already been cleaned. This ensures that EVS teams are not distracted by false notifications, all while allowing for the collection of important process improvement data.
This information can be used daily, weekly, or monthly as part of process improvement meetings.
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How To Get Started:

1. Go to the Bed Control Reports - Make sure to choose the Bed Control module and then click on reports

2. Click on the BedWatch Discharges Ahead of ADT report










3. Select the reporting time frame desired


4. Choose outlier filter option (optional) - In many cases, it may be desirable to filter outliers that represent discharges that are delayed by many hours, because some might be false positives. To help better manage this process, BedWatch has created a default option of 240 minutes (4 hours). However, if this option is selected, hospitals are able adjust the threshold to best fit what is appropriate for their facility. 





5. Review details - Scoll down to review the specific discharges by unit. This is where you can review who found the bed dirty, who cleaned the bed, and the amount of time that was spent during each stage of the process. In addition, each discharge has a VIEW button, which provides drill-down capability in order to see even more details about the discharge.


6. Export the graph - Click on the triple bar icon in the bottom left corner to access the option to download the graph in JPEG format.  This can be used in PowerPoint presentations or in other documents  as part of process improvement efforts.










7. Download the details via Excel, CSV, or PDF 




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