Strategies for Improving Patient Throughput in an Acute Care Setting Resulting in Improved Outcomes: A Systematic Review

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Executive Summary▸ Patient throughput allows for the efficient flow of patients through the hospital, ensuring timely and appropriate level of care.▸ Evidence supports the implementation of hospital-wide patient throughput initiatives.▸ Hospitals who have prioritized patient throughput have realized improvements in quality patient care, patient satisfaction, as well as a positive financial impact.▸ Hospitals have implemented various patient throughput strategies; however, a standard process or methodology has not been identified.▸ Evidence-based research is needed to create a framework to guide hospitals in implementing patient throughput strategies.

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