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Patient Classification System

Patient Classification System

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Patient Classification System (PCS

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The PCS is a method of grouping patients according to the amount and complexity of their nursing care requirements.

It is a measurement tool used to articulate the nursing workload for a specific patient or group of patients over a specific period of time.

Patient acuity is the measure of nuring workload that is generated for each patient. As a petient becomes sicker, the acuity level rises, meaning the patient requires more nursing care. As a patient acuity level decreases, the patient requires less nursing care

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"The greatest asset of a man s business is his pride in work."

Rapid and dynamic changes in healthcare delivery have placed the issues of patient safety and quality of care at the center of healthcare. The American Nursing Association s Nursing Safety and Quality Initiative, highlighted the strong linkage between nursing actions and patient outcomes. Developing a fair, objective, and reliable way to predict the required number and skill level of staff to meet patient needs and staffing assignments is a continuous challenge to healthcare leaders. We believe that adequate staff numbers are essential to provide quality patient care that is measured by standards of care; and determined by the number of hours of care provided.

To serve this purpose, the Nursing Services Department at AUBMC developed a Patient Classification System (PCS), which is customized to our patient population, in line with our philosophy, values, and culture accounting for nursing actions that are based on standards of care

The PCS is a scheme that group patients according to the amount and complexity of their nursing care requirements. * Enhance staff satisfaction through a stress free work environment The PCS is a measurement tool that specifies the required care hours per patient per shift based on the nurse assessment. * Monitor changes in patient demographics and care needs. and the skill levels required to meet those needs. the PCS software determines the number of nurses needed for a group of patients. Thus. The acuity is entered in an automated application as an acuity level. This process will determine the actual workload needed and predict the nursing load required. It serves as a tool to measure patient needs. The purpose of the Patient Classification System is to: * Determine the required nursing hours needed to provide safe and efficient patient care based on standards of care and practice. together with the skill mix within that number. * Provide data on each patient care unit that directs and supports staffing decision-making. * Assess the level and support services required. Once the care needs are determined. * Determine the number and category of staff (skill mix) needed for providing quality patient care. caregiver interventions. The system will calculate the direct and the indirect care needs and generate the NHPPD. the hours can be broken down into time requirements for each category of nursing personnel. The PCS data generated is used to: * Improve patient satisfaction by providing required time to the patient according to his/her needs. * Enhance staff satisfaction by determining staffing needs and thus decreasing workload. * Ensure that quality nursing care is provided in a safe environment. .

Critical thinking on the part of our nurses. have led to the success of our PCS. The great achievement of PCS has instilled an enormous sense of pride in each one of us. as part of the first and only nursing department in the Middle East region to establish and use such an efficient software program. With the collaboration of the Nursing Informatics Division and the input of stakeholders .* Monitor the provision of quality nursing care according to international standards in a safe work environment The PCS is monitored through inter-rater reliability studies . along with creativity and thorough analysis. . the credibility of the program has been maintained to a high extent.

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