Volume 8, Issue 6, December 2019, Page: 288-293
The Impact of a Pediatric Acute Unit in Reducing Length of Stay: A Success Story
Angela Caswell, Department of Nursing King Abdullah Specialized Children’s Hospital, Riyadh, University of South Wales, South Bank University, London, United Kingdom
Hamad Al Khalaf, Department of Pediatrics and Bed Management King Abdullah Specialized Children’s Hospital, Riyadh University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Abdullah Al Mutrafy, Department of Medical Services, King Abdullah Specialized Children’s Hospital, Riyadh King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Rahayu Abd Rashid, Department of Pediatric Emergency, King Abdullah Specialized Children’s Hospital, Riyadh University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Received: Aug. 9, 2019;       Accepted: Aug. 24, 2019;       Published: Oct. 10, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajns.20190806.11      View  440      Downloads  155
Challenges to patient flow within acute hospital settings has been acknowledged internationally as a growing concern that has the potential to impact upon patient safety, satisfaction and organizational budgetary constraints. The development and introduction of a unique Pediatric Acute Unit pilot program has shown promising results which support its continued implementation. Dynamic in its approach, it has achieved a streamlined flow process, reduced overall length of stay, saved bed days (557.81) and reduced cost (1,158,377 SAR over 4 month pilot phase capturing the seasonal surge period of winter months). Using a mixed method of Plan Do Study Act (PDSA), including quantitative data collection, the team mapped the pilot study through 10 defined cycles of testing, evaluation and refinement. The (PAU) must be examined as a concept set against an overarching patient flow methodology which is part of a whole systems approach underpinning quality of care during the patient’s journey.
Acute Unit, Short Stay, Admission Rate, Pediatric Acute Unit
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Angela Caswell, Hamad Al Khalaf, Abdullah Al Mutrafy, Rahayu Abd Rashid, The Impact of a Pediatric Acute Unit in Reducing Length of Stay: A Success Story, American Journal of Nursing Science. Vol. 8, No. 6, 2019, pp. 288-293. doi: 10.11648/j.ajns.20190806.11
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