Wasted hospital days impair the value of length-of-stay variables in the quality assessment of trauma care.

@article{Jacobs2009WastedHD,
  title={Wasted hospital days impair the value of length-of-stay variables in the quality assessment of trauma care.},
  author={David G Jacobs and Jennifer L Sarafin and Harry James Norton and A Britt Christmas and Toan T. Huynh and Ronald F Sing},
  journal={The American surgeon},
  year={2009},
  volume={75 9},
  pages={794-802; discussion 802-3}
}
Hospital length of stay (LOS) is frequently used to evaluate the quality of trauma care but LOS may be impacted by nonmedical factors as well. We reviewed our experience with delays in patient discharge to determine its financial consequences and its impact on LOS. We performed an analysis of linked trauma registry and "delayed discharge" databases. Actual LOS (A-LOS) values were compared with calculated ideal LOS (I-LOS) values, and the per cent increase in LOS was calculated. Linear… CONTINUE READING

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