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Changing focus of traditional hospital 'rounds' improves patient care

goals and the work needed to get the patient to the next level.

To evaluate the impact of the daily goals form on patient outcomes, researchers assessed how long the patients were in the ICU. During the year-long study period, length of stay decreased by half and the number of residents and nurses who understood the daily goals increased by 80 percent. Shorter hospital stays generally are tied to higher patient satisfaction and fewer medical errors, Pronovost says.

"The need for clear team communication among health care providers in the ICU is imperative and paramount," he adds. "Improved communication enhances patient care, decreases length of stay, and most importantly reduces the risk of errors that can result from poor communication between healthcare provider and patient. While other, simultaneous improvements in our work processes may also have contributed to the shorter stays, improved communication also increases patient and employee satisfaction."


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Contact: John Lazarou
jlazaro1@jhmi.edu
410-502-8902
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
14-Jul-2003


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