Input-process-output analysis of patient flow through a hospital emergency department

Input-process-output analysis of patient flow through a hospital emergency department
Document type
Conference Paper
Author(s)
Brady, Malcolm; Byrne, P J; Conyngham, Gerry
Publisher
British Academy of Management
Date of publication
9 September 2014
Series
British Academy of Management Conference Proceedings 2014
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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[Authors' original abstract]

The health sector is a critically important area in any economy and the emergency department is a critical element of most health care systems. This paper analyses the admissions data for a large semi-urban acute general hospital using the input-process-output systems paradigm. The paper finds that there is a relationship between age and length of stay and between triage category and length of stay in the emergency department. The paper also finds a relationship between age and onward admission from the emergency department into the hospital proper, with admitted patients having significantly longer lengths of stay in emergency. Process analysis such as this may be useful to hospital managers in day to day decision making and to policy makers in determining approaches to the management of hospital emergency departments.

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