Process and Location Strategy Essay

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Location Strategy

Flow of Maternity Patients at Arnold Palmer Hospital (APH)

Born w / complications

Taken to an operating room and/or intensive care unit for necessary care; o nce stabilized transferred to care unit and discharged when ready. If additional care needed child transferred to neo-natal and released at a later time.

Mother and baby discharged

Born w/o complications transferred to mother and baby care unit

Ready to deliver taken to the

nd floor until the baby is born

Not ready to deliver sent home, asked to return later.

#2 If baby is born in route or imminent goes to #6. Otherwise go to #3

#3 Patient is asked about pre- registration

#4 pregnant woman is taken to Labor & delivery Triage on the

th floor for assessment


born #1 Enter APH's Labor & Delivery check in desk entrance

#1.Through analysis of the flow chart there really doesn't seem to be many ways that the process could be improved. However one thing that could be done to improve the process is to ask the patient about pre-registration en route to the hospital, taking into consideration that not all pregnant women would be arriving by ambulance. Another thing that could be done to better the process is to move some of the departments in the hospital. It is evident that services concerning maternity are located on several floors, if all of the processes were offered on one unit in one location reaction time could be decreased; staffing and resources could be used in a more efficient way. These two processes / changes could make a significant impact to the entire maternity process. There is a need for a more adaptive design in order to help the hospital function more efficiently.

Research conducted in 2007 by Braaten & Bellhouse explain that with the introduction of new technology, and regulation, the processes of care becomes more complicated, creating an elaborate set of procedures connecting various hospital units and departments; using methods of Adaptive Design a nursing unit redesigned work systems to achieve sustainable improvements in productivity, staff and patient satisfaction, and quality outcomes. The first hurdle of redesign was identifying problems. Once the staff identified problems, utilizing root cause analysis, asking, "why, why, why," was essential to unearthing the true cause of a problem. Similarly, identifying solutions that were simple and low cost was an essential step in problem solving. Adopting new procedures and sustaining the commitment to identify and signal problems was a last and critical step toward realizing improvement.

#2. If a mother is scheduled for a caesarean section the flow chart would change from step two, the patient would already be processed…

Sources Used in Document:


Braaten, J., & Bellhouse, D. (2007). Improving patient care by making small sustainable changes: a cardiac telemetry unit's experience. Nursing Economic$, 25(3), 162-166. Retrieved from MEDLINE with Full Text database

Pate, D., & Puffe, M. (2007). Improving Patient Flow. (cover story). Physician Executive, 33(3), 32. Retrieved from MasterFILE Premier database.

#1 Enter APH's Labor & Delivery check in desk entrance

Process chart without registration process.

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