In times of high census, efficient and appropriate discharge of patients is essential to our operation. Many issues can complicate the process, like imaging and procedure scheduling, and transportation challenges.
UI Health Care staff are reminded and encouraged to use a pager that is staffed 24/7 by nursing and social work leadership. These leaders can assist in getting the right team on board to help expedite needed services.
If you are experiencing difficulties in discharging a patient:
- Discuss the issue(s) with the unit nurse manager, charge nurse, social worker, and/or navigator and the Faculty/Attending.
- If barriers remain, page 3600 (“Barriers to LOS/Discharge: pager” in SmartWeb)
UI Health Care is committed to the ongoing safe and timely discharge of patients, and to identify opportunities to improve the process. We appreciate all the work you do to continue to provide exceptional and safe care.
If you have any questions, please contact Joelle Jensen, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, director, Throughput and Patient Flow, at 356-2507 (voicemail 356-7555), pager #4322, or through Voalte.