Length of Stay Reductions
Prolonged stays in hospital may be bad for patients. This is due to the risk of sleep deprivation, increased risk of falls and fracture, prolonging episodes of acute confusion and catching healthcare-associated infections. All can lead to greater physical dependency.
Reducing length of hospital stays will minimise risks of patient harm, disability and unwarranted cost, particularly for those who are intrinsically vulnerable.
In addition, reducing length of stay supports financial, operational, and clinical outcomes by decreasing the costs of care for a patient.