Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, UK - Flipped discharge approach reduced length of stay
Discharge to Assess (D2A) is a redesign of the care process at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in the UK that involves assessing a patient’s needs after discharge in the patient’s own home rather than in the hospital. Activities that traditionally happen at the end of a hospital admission are instead performed successfully and safely at home, thus enabling patients who are medically ready to go home earlier and spend less time in the acute care setting.
This innovation, also referred to as a “flipped” discharge, started with care of the frail elderly and is currently being spread to other patient populations. The innovation facilitates reduced length of stay and the safe and timely discharge of patients with complex needs, with no increase in readmissions, a decrease in cost, and an increase in patient, family, and employee satisfaction.
Find out more at http://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/Publications/Discharge-to-Assess-Flipped-Discharge-Innovation-Case-Study.aspx