By: Jessica Spencer
St. Cloud State University
Quality Improvement Project
Evidence Based Research
Improve patient satisfaction
o Higher Picker scores
Decrease us of call light
Decrease in falls
Who Can Do Hourly Rounding
ANYONE WHO IS INVOLVED WITH THE PATIENT
What To Do For Hourly Rounding
THE 5 P’s:
“Is there anything I can do for you
before I leave? I have time to do it.”
“Someone will be back in an hour to
see how you are doing.”
When To Do Hourly Rounding
Every hour when the patient is
Don’t wake the patient if sleeping
Every two hours at night
Where To Do Hourly Rounding
Any where the patient will be roomed for over an hour
while at the Children’s Hospital
WHY Do Hourly Rounding
Less use of call lights
“Rounding has helped me with prioritization.” –Staff RN
“I feel as though team work immediately improved.” –Staff RN
“Hourly rounding allows me to be proactive versus reactive,
Instead of the daily work controlling me, rounding lets me
control the work.” –Staff RN
“I love it there, someone is always checking on me.” –Patient
“We actually felt as if our brother was the only patient on the
floor. Everyone kept checking on him constantly.” –Patient
How To Do Hourly Rounding
Charts (rounding log)
Include rounding as a regular staff meeting agenda
Reward and recognize staff for their efforts
“I have had dozens of ED leaders tell me that they never
thought they would get their staff to make hourly rounds.
Yet, once staff saw the benefits, they got on board quickly
and would never consider going back.”
“Once a nurse goes into a patient’s treatment room during
hourly rounds and finds a patient not breathing or climbing
over a bed rail, he or she will be a believer for life. Hourly
rounds keep patients safe.”
-Stephanie Baker, RN, CEN, MBA
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