Hi all. I've been tasked with trying to develop a method for tracking & measuring total patient activities within an inpatient nursing unit. The goal is to accurately reflect patient volumes per day per nursing unit. We currently use the midnight census to measure patient days. I'd like to develop an "adjusted patient day" measure that would also include responsibilities associated with admissions, discharges, transfers in/out, & observations. Somehow, total activity volume measures for out hospital is not catching all of this & our nurses feel (understandably so) that they are being short-changed.
Any suggestions on how to proceed? Thanks!
Dec 10, '06
good question. Ours is also calculated from the midnight census. There has to be a better way.