Hospitals need to examine negative occurrences such as: extended Length of Stay (LOS), lengthy door-to-doc time, and high rates of left without being seen (LWBS). Anything that prevents the hospital from meeting the goal of decreasing these issues must be assessed. For example, the work-up time (the time patients arrive to when they leave) can oftentimes be decreased. One way to address this issue would be to closely examine turnaround times for all diagnostic tests
With CMS and The Joint Commission increasingly pushing to make sure facilities are following requirements and standards regarding mental health, now is a good time to assess your own facility’s mental health resources. But what happens when you’re in a facility without a behavioral health services unit? How do you keep patients and staff safe?