BACKGROUND: This article reports on a systematic review conducted to critique safety, quality, length of stay, and implementation factors regarding criteria-led discharge.
PURPOSE: Improving patient flow and timely bed capacity is a global issue. Criteria-led discharge enables accelerated patient discharge in accordance with patient selection.
METHODS: A systematic review was conducted to identify literature on criteria-led discharge from 2007 to 2017. The quality of articles was appraised using a tool for disparate studies. Two reviewers extracted relevant data independently.
RESULTS: Fifteen studies were identified that showed no increase in patient readmission or complication rates with criteria-led discharge, demonstrating patient safety. The quality of the patient discharge was unremarkable. None of the studies showed an increase in length of stay.
CONCLUSIONS: The safety, quality, and length of stay for patients discharged through criteria-led discharge are inextricably linked to the process adopted for its implementation.
- Length of Stay
- Patient Discharge/standards
- Patient Readmission
- Patient Selection
- Time Factors