Assessment of service delays and impact on bed utilisation in a major teaching hospital.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/126109
Title:
Assessment of service delays and impact on bed utilisation in a major teaching hospital.
Authors:
Conway, R; Murray, F E
Affiliation:
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beaumont Hospital, Hepatology Unit, Dublin, Ireland.
Citation:
Assessment of service delays and impact on bed utilisation in a major teaching hospital. 2010:notIr J Med Sci
Journal:
Irish journal of medical science
Issue Date:
14-Dec-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/126109
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-010-0648-2
PubMed ID:
21153929
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: Increasing economic pressures coupled with an expanding and ageing population and a hostile economic climate have led to growing interest in the optimisation of bed usage within hospitals. There are many causes for delay in a patient's discharge. METHODS: This prospective observational study assessed consecutive patients admitted and discharged from hospital within a 52-day period for waiting times in the provision of requested diagnostic tests and services. RESULTS: Seventy patients were included in the study. There were median delays of 2 and 3 days for an MRI and colonoscopy, a delay of 3 days for a Holter monitor report, and 9 days for an occupational therapy referral. The median wait for consults was 1 day across all three services. CONCLUSIONS: Significant remediable delays exist during the course of many acute medical admissions. Addressing these factors will enable the provision of a faster and more cost-efficient service.
Item Type:
Article In Press
ISSN:
1863-4362

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorConway, Ren
dc.contributor.authorMurray, F Een
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-29T14:19:24Z-
dc.date.available2011-03-29T14:19:24Z-
dc.date.issued2010-12-14-
dc.identifier.citationAssessment of service delays and impact on bed utilisation in a major teaching hospital. 2010:notIr J Med Scien
dc.identifier.issn1863-4362-
dc.identifier.pmid21153929-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11845-010-0648-2-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/126109-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Increasing economic pressures coupled with an expanding and ageing population and a hostile economic climate have led to growing interest in the optimisation of bed usage within hospitals. There are many causes for delay in a patient's discharge. METHODS: This prospective observational study assessed consecutive patients admitted and discharged from hospital within a 52-day period for waiting times in the provision of requested diagnostic tests and services. RESULTS: Seventy patients were included in the study. There were median delays of 2 and 3 days for an MRI and colonoscopy, a delay of 3 days for a Holter monitor report, and 9 days for an occupational therapy referral. The median wait for consults was 1 day across all three services. CONCLUSIONS: Significant remediable delays exist during the course of many acute medical admissions. Addressing these factors will enable the provision of a faster and more cost-efficient service.-
dc.languageENG-
dc.titleAssessment of service delays and impact on bed utilisation in a major teaching hospital.en
dc.typeArticle In Pressen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beaumont Hospital, Hepatology Unit, Dublin, Ireland.en
dc.identifier.journalIrish journal of medical scienceen
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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