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The cardiology project “Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Length of Stay (LOS)” has been selected as a top project for the UNC Health-UNC Hospitals Quality Expo 2021, Around the World of Quality, hosted by the Office of Quality Excellence. Dale Henion, MPS, RVT, assistant director of cardiac services, will present the project on October 1.

08 - PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) Length of Stay InitiativeRising hospital census and physical space limitations have hindered volume growth for the UNC Medical Center Cath Lab.  Same day discharge opportunities have offered some leverage to add volume without requiring more hospital beds or overnight observation.

The study “Percutaneous Coronary Intervention(PCI) Length of Stay (LOS) in the Cath Lab” showed that there is no difference in clinical outcomes between same day discharge following elective PCI procedures, which has been preferred by patients, and next-day discharge.

In addition to Henion, the study team included Joe Rossi, MD; Rick Stouffer, MD; Lauren E. Kearns, MSN, RN-BC; Jennifer Lukes, MSN, RN, CVRN; and Maggie Cannon, CSSBB (coach).