Is there a “right” number of daily encounters?
In this lively panel discussion of what is the “right” number of daily encounters, the short answer is “14″ (at least as close to consensus as the panel could muster), but the long answer, as we can all guess is “it depends”. Variable factors include patient illness severity, number of admits/discharges, and the efficiency of the system in which you work. As time-motion studies have shown, MOST of our time is NOT spent in direct patient care (only about 20%), so maybe the better question is: what is the “right” ratio (patient care-to-non patient care ratio), and what can we do to manage that ratio??