Evolving practice of hospital medicine and its impact on hospital throughput and efficiencies

Smitha R. Chadaga, Mary P. Maher, Nancy Maller, Diana Mancini, Margherita Mascolo, Shailendra Sharma, Mel L. Anderson, Eugene S. Chu

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Abstract

Hospitalists are uniquely positioned to implement strategies to improve patient flow and efficiency. Hospital leaders have stated they expect hospitalists to comanage surgical patients, participate in observation units, and screen medical admissions, in addition to providing inpatient care for medical patients. We review how the hospitalists' role in acute inpatient care, surgical comanagement, short stay units, chest pain units, and active bed management has improved throughput and patient flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-654
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of hospital medicine
Volume7
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Internal Medicine
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning
  • Assessment and Diagnosis

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