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Methodist Hospital (San Antonio, Texas)

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Project Topic

Improving patient safety through hourly rounds

Hospital Units

Neuro Telemetry and Neuro Surgery

CSI Participants

Sophia Chin, BSN, RN
Christa O’Neil, BSN, RN
Elizabeth Pearson, BSN, RN

Project Goals/Objectives

  1. To decrease patient falls 50 percent
  2. To increase patient satisfaction HCAHPS scores 30 percent
  3. To decrease call light usage 50 percent

Project Outcomes

  1. Decreased falls 40 percent
  2. These outcomes resulted in an estimated annual fiscal impact of $289,360

Project Overview

For a long while, both of our units have experienced increased patient fall rates and call light usage. We were frustrated and sad that our lack of teamwork and structured protocol with handoff contributed to patient dissatisfaction. We decided to tackle bedside shift handoff and hourly rounding to improve the overall patient safety experience.

After doing some research and gathering and reviewing data, we decided to establish safety champions to help implement skills validations for all staff. We re-educated staff on the elements and expectations of a thorough handoff and hourly round. After six months, we were happy to see fewer patient falls. We also improved relationships between day- and night-shift staff.

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