Optimized Patient Discharge Yields Better Outcomes

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA on Aug 8, 2017


A prolonged stay in the hospital after a patient has already been cleared for discharge is a risky time.

According to a recent peer-reviewed study, the likelihood of serious infection—urinary tract infection, pneumonia or sepsis—increases dramatically the longer a patient remains in the hospital unnecessarily.

What’s concerning is that patients routinely spend too much time in the hospital waiting to move to the next level of care. Their discharge may be delayed for a variety of reasons, including a lack of availability in nearby post-acute facilities or inadequate home care services.

To combat the risks of a prolonged discharge, organizations must find ways to expedite the transition from the hospital to the next level of care.

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Published Monday, August 7, 2017

Published on Becker's Hospital Review (August 7, 2017)

Visit  Ensocare Transition to learn more about ways to maximize staff time and use mobile technology to efficiently transition patients throughout the care continuum.

Meet the Author

Thalken brings more than 30 years of experience in health-care leadership to our company. Prior to joining the company, she served as Enterprise Vice President for Care Logistics in Atlanta, Ga. She has held executive leadership positions at hospitals in Nebraska and Iowa, including the position of System Quality Executive for Alegent Health. Thalken has presented on the topics of improving quality, patient flow and throughput at various industry conferences and webinars. Thalken holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives and American Case Management Association.


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