Purposeful Rounding and Patient Safety


As you may know, this week is National Patient Safety Awareness Week, and we are exploring simple, yet effective ways that hospitals keep patients safe. Today, we will be exploring how rounding can have extremely positive impacts on patient safety.

The idea of rounding on patients has been around for decades; however, it was not until recently that healthcare providers started emphasizing rounding as a means of keeping patients safe. Purposeful rounding, hourly rounding, leadership rounding, and environment of care rounding are all proven to have a strong positive correlation with patient safety.Almost every type of rounding plays a large part in patient safety initiatives. Whether it is hourly rounding to ensure patients have their possessions, or environment of care rounds to ensure patient rooms are set up properly, there are countless ways rounding can help avoid preventable adverse events, such as hospital-acquired infections, falls, or readmissions.

Rounding and Patient Safety

After Stanford Health Care implemented its purposeful rounding initiative in 2012, it has seen dramatic improvements in call light usage, patient satisfaction, and falls. For Stanford, purposeful rounding means using a structured hourly rounding process.

We have seen similar results when our partner organizations choose to use CipherRounds for their own rounding initiatives. Incorporating technology into the rounding process, with custom scripts and in-depth reports, adds purpose to rounds. Using digital flags within the CipherRounds app, Sentara Healthcare was able to reduce falls per 1,000 patient stays by 78%. You can click here to read the case study.

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How to enact change at your organization

Enacting change in any industry requires dedication, and on occasion, culture changes. This is especially true when addressing patient safety issues. What we have seen is that when hospital leaders emphasize the need and hold staff accountable for patient safety, hourly rounds start having a purpose – to ensure patients are safe. While building a strong culture is no easy task, it is a crucial step in gaining staff buy-in and proactively resolving issues.

To achieve results similar to Stanford or Sentara, simply enhancing the rounding process is not enough. Organizations must be prepared to analyze and act upon the data that they collect during rounds in order to make lasting changes. Leadership must recognize the value of the rounding initiative, gather the data to validate it, and convey the value to front-line staff.

For more information on rounding and how it can improve patient safety, be sure to visitwww.cipherhealth.com/orchid and contact us for additional case studies and overviews. Visit National Patient Safety Organization to learn how you can join the campaign and keep patients safe.


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Ranked as the “Best Overall Patient Engagement Company” in MedTech's Breakthrough Awards for 2020, and the top-performing vendor for patient outreach and digital rounding by KLAS in 2019, CipherHealth is a proven technology partner committed to enhancing communication and coordination throughout the patient journey. CipherHealth’s suite of patient engagement software empowers healthcare organizations to foster meaningful connections to ensure the best possible outcomes for staff members, patients, and their loved ones.