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Why worry about patient progression?
When it comes to your hospital, you want the best possible care for your patients. Some of the biggest issues impacting quality patient care are patient progression barriers. For example, medical delays take an average of two days to resolve. When your patients exceed their target LOS, they often face unexpected complications, and hospitals frequently experience bottlenecks when patient flow is interrupted. In order to prevent these barriers from impacting patient care, every department in your facility should be focusing on streamlining patient progression.
To solve issues with patient progression, you have to start by defining it.
So, what is patient progression? In short, it is the advancement of the hospitalized patient through the required care events, actions and processes to achieve a health status where the patient can be safely and appropriately transitioned to a lower level of care. When patients are moved through care at the proper rate, you avoid issues with patient flow and prevent bottlenecks before they happen. This concept seems fairly straightforward, but the issue itself can be quite complex. In order to progress a patient smoothly and efficiently through your hospital, dozens of departments, physicians, nurses, and other staff members must communicate and coordinate effectively to create an optimal plan for each patient. This can be incredibly difficult depending on the volume of patients, workload of the staff, service availability, hospital capacity, and many other factors.