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Count of patient discharged per bed per period of time
Patient flow indicates the throughput for a unit and is complementary to occupancy, which is a stagnant measure. Flow has been shown to correlate with outcomes and is considered a surrogate for experience.
Factors affecting patient flow include ICU patient type and acuity, Structural and process-related aspects of care, and factors affecting patient flow following ICU care.
==Sampling Plan / Procedure==
All ICU patients
* Total number of ICU discharges are calculated and reported on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis based on the daily data.
* Time Reference for month, quarter or year is based on ICU discharge dates.
* Number of physical ICU beds available. The number of available bed rarely change over time except for pandemic or seasonal closures.
** If the number of daily available bed changes over the period of time, use the number of bed which is the most numbered. Example, in a monthly period, 20 out of 30 days have opened bed = 15 while 10 days have 14 beds, use the number of bed=15.
==Definition and Derivation==
Num = Total number of discharges
Denom = Number of ICU beds
Patient Flow = Num / Denom
*Time Reference: Discharge Dates from Jan 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017
*Number of patients who have discharge dates from Jan 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017 at HSC MICU = 195
*Opened Bed = 15
*Patient Flow = 195 / 15 = 13
*The number of patients discharged is taken from the [[Centralized data.mdb]].
*The daily bed available or opened per unit is taken from the [[Bed Census]] Database.
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*Critical Care Directors and Site Managers
*Critical Care Quality Improvement Team (QIT)
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