Implementing a systematic approach to intentional rounding can bring on a bevy of positive outcomes such as improving patient care and building trust. You may wonder why anyone would implement rounding practices that are anything but intentional, but there are many providers and hospitals whose rounding isn’t purposeful.
Purposeful and intentional rounding is essential to the patient experience and exemplary care. It is a proactive, systematic, evidence-based intervention to help you anticipate and address patient needs.
High-performing hospitals are the ones where leadership, staff and rounding physicians are committed to an intentional hospital rounding program. Effectively streamline your internal processes with intentional rounding to bring an unmatched value to your practice or hospital.
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Stanford Health Care studied 14 hospitals and found that some of the improvements from intentional rounding include:
- 52% reduction in patient falls
- 37% reduction in patient use of bells or lights
- 14% decline in pressure ulcers and skin breakdowns
- 12% increase in patient satisfaction ratings
The forces that make rounding exceptionally effective are purpose and intent. Go above and beyond quickly scanning the patient and a hurried check mark on your rounding sheet. If done correctly, it can have a positive impact on both patients and staff, and ultimately save everyone time. When you get to the root of intentional rounding, you have an invaluable idea that was designed to help patients feel at ease from start to finish. This can be achieved by simply being present.
Intentional rounding is a flexible solution that can be customized and implemented to each hospital and practice. What is important to keep in mind is that at its core, intentional rounding is always about putting patients first and improving patient satisfaction.
Make your rounding full of intent and purpose to promote patient safety, encourage team communication and improve staff ability to provide efficient patient care.
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- More About Dr. Sanders
Dr. Gregory Sanders is a Harvard-trained, practicing cardiologist and founder and CEO of HybridChart. He has been coding since the 1980s and has spent his medical career focusing on improving processes. His patient care skills earned him recognition as one of Phoenix Magazine’s TOP DOCs. He lives in Scottsdale with his family.
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