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Whiteboards and discharge traffic lights: visual management in acute care
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 05:57 authored by Lauri O'BrienLauri O'Brien, Bassham, J, Lewis, M
Flinders Medical Centre was experiencing issues with timely discharge and knowing the potential discharges and in-patient bed capacity for the next day. This case study describes the application of 'visual management' theory to discharge processes. The solutions developed were 'patient journey boards' and 'discharge traffic lights'. The implementation of these visual management systems has enabled the hospital to improve its discharge processes. What is known about the topic? Communication is critical to the delivery of safe patient care. There is little in the literature on the use of visual management principles and techniques in healthcare. What does the paper add? This paper provides a brief overview of visual management principles and gives two case study examples showing the development and implementation of visual management systems in an acute hospital setting to promote safe and efficient patient care. What are the implications for practitioners? Practitioners can learn visual management principles and how these have been applied to an acute healthcare context.
Publication titleAustralian Health Review
Department/SchoolTasmanian School of Medicine
Place of publicationAustralia
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