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Authors

  1. Kuczero, Jennifer L. DNP, AGACNP-BC, CCRN
  2. Staffileno, Beth A. PhD, RN, FAHA
  3. Grenier, Jennifer M. DNP, RN-BC, CENP, CNML

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Hospital flow disruptions have been linked to treatment delays, longer length of stay (LOS), poor patient outcomes, and overburdened staff leading to disengagement.

 

OBJECTIVE: This project was designed to evaluate and determine if the bed reaggregation was successful at meeting its goals.

 

METHODS: Donabedian's framework guided the following evaluation points: 1) patient placement accuracy, 2) LOS variance, 3) emergency department (ED) boarding times, 4) hospital bypass hours, 5) operational declination rates, 6) patient satisfaction, and 7) RN engagement. Data were analyzed using pre-post percent change and [chi]2 analysis.

 

RESULTS: Primary placement of patients, LOS variance, and operational declinations improved. Hours on bypass and ED boarding times were not reduced. RN engagement scores varied widely with significant decreases on 2 of the reaggregated units. Patient satisfaction scores varied, but overall did not decrease.

 

CONCLUSION: Further consideration is needed for improving hospital bypass, ED boarding times, and RN engagement.