Analysing Monday discharges to identify lost opportunities for weekend discharge

Margaret Shyu, Sophia Golec, Justine Anderson, Anne S. Linker, Vinh Tung Nguyen, Beth Raucher, Andrew Dunn

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Abstract

Lower rates of hospital discharge occur on weekends compared with weekdays. The authors performed a retrospective chart review of Monday discharges from the Hospital Medicine service at an academic hospital over a 3-month period to identify reasons for delayed discharge despite medical stability. Of 202 eligible patients, 81 (40%) had documentation indicating stability for earlier discharge. Common causes included bed availability or insurance authorisation at a skilled nursing facility, home care services and patient/family disagreement with discharge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-628
Number of pages4
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • Hospital Medicine
  • communication
  • length of stay
  • patient discharge
  • quality improvement

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