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Nurs Stand. 2012 Oct 24-30;27(8):35-40.

Hourly rounding in a high dependency unit.

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St James's University Hospital, Leeds. lynsey.lowe@leedsth.nhs.uk

Abstract

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the many organisations that have signed up to Safety Express, a pilot programme of the Department of Health's Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention safe care coalition. Its aim is to reduce avoidable harm to patients in four areas: trips and falls, pressure ulcers, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and venous thromboembolism. Hourly rounding (hourly checks on patients) has been identified as a means of reducing harm to patients. This article describes the preparation needed to introduce hourly rounding in a high dependency unit.

PMID:
23189600
DOI:
10.7748/ns2012.10.27.8.35.c9362
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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