This pre-post analysis of a general medical teaching service found that smooth daily admissions reduced LOS by 0.3 days, compared to non-daily “bolus” admissions. Although this study analyzed a teaching service, the same is likely true of non-teaching services. Operationally, continuous service admissions are better for throughput than bolus admissions (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.