Patient Flow


Patient flow is important. Few things in medicine claim to show improvements in patient experience, patient safety, and healthcare delivery while simultaneously improving efficiency, job satisfaction, and a hospital’s return on investment. A focus on patient flow has been proven to do so. This site is committed to helping all those who struggle daily with the management of an overcrowded healthcare system, overworked employees, and overburdening regulations while trying to deliver optimal medical care.

Patient Flow Checklist – developed as guide for what you have done and what else is known to be of benefit.

Patient Flow Survey Results – results of the patient flow survey shared anonymously, with comments.

Patent Flow Resources – a list of free online resources related to patient flow.

  • ED Flow Mind Map

    October 18, 2017

    ED flow is challenging. For all of those who struggle with defining various aspects of patient care in the emergency department, this is a mind map you may find helpful. [...]
  • Unless you work in a small hospital with critically low volume and a mostly empty ED, you are combatting crowding. ED crowding is at an all time high and the number of [...]
  • Provider In Triage

    May 22, 2017

    So you have decided to embark on a provider in triage and you are building your process for the work area. What form will you choose? In this installment of the patient flow [...]
  • Much has been published regarding the use of scribes in the past few years. The position was born out of a need for reducing data entry time by physicians, while [...]
  • As many hospitals battle the national physician shortage, emergency physicians are increasingly being asked to write inpatient orders. These are abbreviated orders meant to [...]
  • ED Patient Segmentation

    April 6, 2017

    Many people have written about the segmentation of patient populations in the emergency department, based on acuity. Let’s take a look at it a little more closely [...]
  • This is a question many emergency departments struggle with due to the demands of increasing patient volume and increasing wait times. Many departments have successfully [...]
  • The Silos Of Healthcare

    January 18, 2017

    Within the past 10 years, it is very likely that you have come across the “silo” metaphor. It is now commonly used in US healthcare to describe the isolation  of a [...]
  • No one sets out to sabotage physician productivity. But there are some common decisions made every day that have a very large, negative impact on that productivity: Software [...]
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