Helping bed staff achieve more: five goals for optimizing and directing inpatient capacity

Severe staff shortages, new COVID variants, and unpredictable surges are making it critical for hospitals to optimize inpatient capacity.

The short-handed staff who are responsible for capacity decisions must be fully equipped to direct patient flow safely, quickly, and to the best possible use of available bed units.

Too often floor and unit managers are forced to rely on manual data, intuition, and past experience to make capacity decisions on a daily basis. While they are often correct, these methods are not scalable and cause undue pressure on personnel who are already at great risk of burnout. Inpatient bed staff need easy, actionable information to guide their day.

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