Don't Skip a Beat! Hit a Home Run After Cardiac Surgery

Author(s): Janice Belen, BSN, RN, Danielle Delice, BSN, RN, Shirleta Henson-McKann, BS, RN, Paige Lumley, BSN, RN

CERP C 0.25

Expires Jun 30, 2024

Topics: Cardiovascular, Patient Safety

Population: Adult

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Activity Summary

The average LOS of post-cardiac surgery patients on our unit during the months of January through May of 2021 was 12 days. Our CSI team’s goal was to decrease that LOS 10% with early discharge planning that included all members of the interdisciplinary team. Throughout our project, we encountered various challenges, such as an increased volume of COVID-19 patients. These patients’ discharges were delayed awaiting placement to subacute rehabilitation centers or long-term care. In addition, we encountered increased patient acuity during our unit’s transition to a step-down unit from an acute care unit. As a result, we were unable to meet our original goal of decreasing LOS. However, we successfully changed the way the interdisciplinary team collaborates to ensure safe and timely discharges for our patients.


  • Discuss key concepts of a direct care nurse unit change project
  • Apply tools and methods shared in their own unit

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