Can real-time location system replace current standard for capture of length of stay?

Moein Enayati, Nasibeh Zanjirani Farahani, David Nestler, Heather Heaton, Kalyan Pasupathy

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Abstract

Background: Emergency Department Length of Stay (ED-LOS) is a crucial measurement for clinical and operational decisions and is used for regulatory reporting and research purposes. Accurate and standardized measurement of this duration improves the effectiveness of decisions and findings. Further, automated capture can eliminate dependence on human task-based data-entry. Objective: Compare a real-time location system (RTLS)based measure of LOS against the current standard of practice (EMR); examine factors associated with discrepancy in LOS. Method: Estimation of LOS using the first and last RFID record in the RTL system, and statistical assessment of their similarity to the corresponding measurement from the EMR. Result: Length of stay durations from the two methods have very similar distributions, with a slight shift. Conclusion: RTLS provides an efficient and standardized means to measure LOS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791883549
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Apr 6 2020Apr 9 2020

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Biomedical Devices, BIOMED - 2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020

Conference

Conference2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2020
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period4/6/204/9/20

Keywords

  • Length of Stay
  • RTLS
  • Wearable device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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