Challenging Organizational Factors Associated With Admission Delay to Intensive Care Unit—A Novel Quality Indicator

Daniel J. Jakobson, Osnat Bashkin, Viktoria Kalatskaya, Halel Veinberg, Evgeny Chernoguz, Vicky Nesi, Chezy Levy, Yaniv Sherer

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Background: Delays in admitting patients to the intensive care unit (ICU) can defer the timely initiation of life-sustaining therapies and invasive monitoring, jeopardizing the success of the treatment. Nevertheless, the availability of research on interventions that reduce or minimize admission delays is limited. Objectives: The current study aimed to assess the factors related to delays in admission times of critically ill patients transferred to the ICU. Methods: A software was designed to follow-up, compare and measure the defined intervals of the time to admission, implemented at the ICU for 6 months. Measurements included 5 time intervals, referral department, and work shift at admission. Data from 1004 patients admitted to the ICU between July 2017 and January 2020 were analyzed in a retrospective observational study. Results: Precisely, 53.9% of total patients were referred from the hospital emergency department, and 44% were admitted during the evening shift. Significant differences were found in time intervals between shifts, showing the morning round had the longer total admission time (median: 67.8 min). Analysis showed that admission time was longer at times of full capacity compared to times of available bed (mean: 56.4 and 40.2 min, respectively; U = 68,722, p <.05). Findings demonstrated a significant shortening of time to admission after implementing a new time monitoring software by the Institutional Quality Control Commission (U = 5072, p <.001). Conclusions: Our study opens doors for potential studies on applying effective initiatives in critical care settings to improve patient care and outcomes. Additionally, it generates new insights regarding how clinicians and nursing teams can jointly develop and promote multidisciplinary interventions in intensive care work environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1121-1126
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Intensive Care Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2023


  • admission
  • availability
  • efficiency
  • intensive care unit
  • lean methodology
  • organization
  • quality
  • shortening time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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