Optimizing Patient Flow: Advanced Strategies for Managing Variability to Enhance Access, Quality, and Safety offers readers innovative techniques for maximizing patient flow and improving operations management while providing clear examples of successful implementation. This all-new book can help health care organizations to reduce and manage variability, thereby increasing the reliability of systems and processes and improving health care quality and safety.
Litvak makes the case for the importance of patient flow and its effect on quality, safety, and the bottom line. Joining Litvak are hospital CEOs, doctors, patient safety advocates, researchers, and other influential stakeholders. The foreword and prologue provide additional arguments for improving patient flow—that it can indeed be a matter of life and death. Hospital CEOs share their experiences and challenges in improving patient flow. Researchers present the “nuts and bolts” of the mechanics of patient flow, and real-life case studies from around the world illustrate how improved patient flow affects, for example, hospital emergency departments, telemetry bed utilization, and post-acute care. The case studies move beyond the hospital setting and consider health care system flow as well.
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In short, this book will convince you of the need to optimize patient flow—and explain how.
"This is a great resource for organizational leaders interested in improving throughput and enhancing patient satisfaction (reduced wait times, improved access). A variety of tools and techniques are provided, allowing readers to select those opportunities most relevant to their organization and needs. The detailed adoptable approaches the book presents elevate this patient flow guide well above many other similar publications."
-- Kathy Hendrix, MSN (James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital) Doody's Review
The title is suitable for a varied group of individuals, including those in positions of leadership, who are responsible for overall organization operations but also appropriate for frontline managers. The author is a credible authority on the subject of patient flow and accomplished in the areas of optimizing healthcare delivery.