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Activity Steps


The authors present the findings of a project that used Lean methodology to achieve improved hospital-wide patient flow that alleviates bottlenecking of patient admissions, discharges, and transfers. The project was formed based on the work of the IHI on improving hospital-wide patient flow. In addition, the structure incorporated the AHRQ's IDEAL patient discharge framework. A key focus was the influence of COVID-19 on the discharge process.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:

  1. Identify the importance of discharge efficiency and its impact on hospital systems and patients.
  2. Recognize barriers to efficiently discharging patients in a hospital setting.
  3. Describe findings from the analysis of the authors' study outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

Seventy-five percent of participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of barriers including interdisciplinary communication, transportation, and COVID-19 that influence the efficiency of patient discharge by achieving a posttest score of 70% or greater.
Price: $24.95


  • CCMC 1.0 CH

This Continuing Education (CE) activity is provided by Lippincott Professional Development and has been preapproved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) for 1.0 CE contact hours.

Professions: Case Manager
Test Code: PCM0722A CM
Published: Jul/Aug 2022
Expires: 7/1/2023
Required Passing Score: 7/10 (70%)
Authors: William D. Jones, DNP, RN, CNML, CNL; Mary F. Rodts, DNP, CNP, ONC, FAAN; Julie Merz, BSE