Complex Discharge: A Case Study
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Event Description


Complex case discharge delays, also known as bed blocking or bed delays, are a longstanding and growing challenge for hospitals across the nation. Legacy Health is experiencing these delays in our acute care facilities. At any given point in time there are 100+ patients who no longer require acute care but are unable to safely discharge. Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center stood up a transitional care unit to accommodate these patients until a safe discharge could be achieved. In 6 months, this unit has served over 100 patients and saved Legacy Health over 1000 acute care patient days. The unit has further reduced the cost of care for these patients (annualized $950K savings) and created a safe environment until safe discharge could be arranged.


1. Describe 3 key criteria of patients appropriate for a complex discharge unit.
2. Discuss outcome measures to determine success of a complex discharge unit.
3. Evaluate the feasibility of a complex discharge unit within their workplace.


Melinda (Mel) Stibal, MSN, MBA, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center

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A valid RN license is required along with attendance and completion of the post event CE survey. Continuing Education Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #17495

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