We are all engaged in a hospital-wide a system of
patient flow or patient care. We are each part of the
whole. The emergency department is connected
to the ICU. The ICU is connected to the OR. The
discharge and discharge processes are connected
to our admission capabilities and capacity. It’s
like the “Dry Bones” song you learned as a child,
“The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone, the
leg bone’s connected to the knee bone, the knee
bone’s connected to the thigh bone” and so forth.
Overall flow, or “the system,” can only be improved
by applying several key strategic concepts to these
disparate but equal parts.