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Strategies for Operational Efficiency in a General Hospital Public Inpatient Unit
Alberto B. Santos; Stephen McLeod-Bryant
Psychiatric Services 1991; doi:
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Department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston; Charleston Memorial Hospital

Department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston; Charleston Area Mental Health Center

© 1991 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Operational strategies for maximizing efficient utilization of beds were carried out in a 12-bed psychiatric inpatient unit for public patients in a general hospital. Developed through a public-academic collaboration, the unit is part of a community-based system of care. The average length of stay is ten days. Medical staff are university faculty and residents. Treatment focuses on resolution of the symptoms or behavior that led to the patient's hospitalization and includes rapid stabilization using crisis management and somatic therapies and rapid mobilization of aftercare resources. Other strategies for promoting efficient provision of services include clearly defined staff roles and a structured format for discussing clinical information.

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