Efforts to reduce bed turnaround time have historically focused on onerous—and often unsustainable—campaigns to convince physicians of the importance of discharging patients earlier in the day, ignoring non-clinical contributors.
Cedars Sinai Medical Center is a 952-bed teaching hospital located in Los Angeles, California, US. They experienced bed turnaround delays partially associated with understaffing of housekeeping at peak admission, discharge, and transfer times.
Cedars Sinai created a discharge team of support services staffed at peak times—admissions, discharges, and transfers—to concentrate onbed turnaround.
The dedicated discharge team decreased average time to clean a roomby 40 percent—from 75 minutes to 45 minutes.