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Hospitals use experimental nursing teams to improve throughput, patient satisfaction

Two experimental pilot programs prove that implementing an admission and discharge team can help ease some common but debilitating problems such as emergency department (ED) overcrowding, overworked nurses, and extended patient wait times. The first pilot program is designed to combat these problems, and combines medical and surgical areas with aspects of the nursing process that are time-consuming, particularly the admission and discharge of patients. The San Jacinto Methodist Hospital (SJMH) in Baytown, TX, launched the program, called the Discharge and Admission Response Team (DART).