This article reports on the development and evaluation of a mechanism designed for real-time tracking of discharge delays by bedside clinicians and the reporting of delays in a manner amenable to action. During the implementation phase, delay time totaled 23.6 days for 114 patients affected by a delay. More than one-half of delays (61.4%) occurred for patients whose discharge disposition was home to self-care.
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Division of Nursing Research (Dr Holland), Biomedical Ethics Program (Mr Pacyna), and Department of Nursing (Mss Gillard and Carter), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
Correspondence: Diane E. Holland, PhD, RN, Division of Nursing Research, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors report no conflicts of interest or funding.
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Accepted for publication: May 10, 2015
Published ahead of print: July 10, 2015