Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Research Sponsor

Dr. James Holda

First Reader

Dr. Connie Cottrell

Second Reader

Dr. Austin Hill


Exceeding hospital limitations can impair safety and induce unnecessary health risks for patients and staff. At Akron General Cleveland Clinic (AGCC), current birth rates are double the amount the facility is designed to handle. In order to accommodate increasing numbers, it must be seen that birthing mothers and their infants are not withholding space more than what is deemed required. Patients are permitted to stay 48 to 96 hours proceeding birth, given the type of delivery. However, many are unaware that they can be discharged between 24 and 48 hours post-delivery, so long as a physician has signed off on the matter. Techniques have been implemented to help improve patient throughput in postpartum units. These techniques have proven to significantly decrease both the number of length of stay (LOS) hours and recovery time versus preliminary studies.