Emergency Medicine, Nursing
Mental Health, Length of Stay
Our facility sees an average of over 200 mental health patients every month, with limited community resources. The length of stay (LOS) for these patients had slowly risen to unacceptable levels; the number of patients whose LOS was greater than 24 hours increased in fiscal year (FY) 2017, from 633 patients to 1145. Patients in crisis require expedited transfer to appropriate care locations. Our goal was to decrease the overall length of stay for mental health patients in the Emergency Department.
Collins, Faye and Goudey, Nancijean, "Reducing Length of Stay for Mental Health Patients" (2019). Maine Medical Center. 707.