Benefits of collaborative patient care rounds in the intensive care unit

Leah B. Chapman, Kathleen E. Kopp, Michael G. Petty, Jodi L.A. Hartwig, Kathryn M. Pendleton, Kimberly Langer, Sonia J. Meiers

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Background: Improving care of critically ill patients requires using an interprofessional care model and care standardisation. Objectives: Determine whether collaborative patient care rounds in the intensive care unit increases practice consistency with respect to common considerations such as delirium prevention, device use, and indicated prophylaxis, among others. Secondary objective to assess whether collaborative interprofessional format improved nursing perceptions of collaboration. Methods: Single centre, pre- and post- intervention design. collaborative patient care rounding format implemented in three intensive care units in an academic tertiary care centre. format consisted of scripted nursing presentation, provider checklist of additional practice considerations, and daily priority goals documentation. measurements included nursing participation, consideration of selected practice items, daily goal verbalisation, and nursing perception of collaboration. Results: Pre- and post-intervention measurements indicate gains in consideration of eight of thirteen bundle items (p < 0.05), with the greatest gains seen in nurse-presented items. Increases were observed in verbalisation of daily goals (59.8% versus 89.1%, p < 0.0001), nurse participation (83.9% versus 91.8%, p = 0.056), and nurse collaboration ratings (p < 0.0001). Conclusion: This study describes implementation of collaborative patient care rounds with corresponding increases in consideration of selected practice items, verbalisation of daily goals, and perceptions of collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102974
JournalIntensive and Critical Care Nursing
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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Funding Information:
We thank: Dr. Silas Bergen (Winona State University) for providing guidance on statistical methods; Sandy Alexander and Deb Cathcart (University of Minnesota Medical Center) for generously funding this effort; Jane McAdam, Marita Sanders, Beth Nelson, and Christopher Linke (University of Minnesota Medical Center) for their help during the implementation and sustainment phases; Emily Johnson, Ashley Ginty, Betsy Krebsbach, Allie Pino, Brian Van Wie, Michael Janisch, Abby Pecore, Heather Hall, Pete Tierney, Jessica Nystuen, Abby Sprenger, Jodi Leslie, Emily Newman, Mary Hiles, Courtney Hulsebusch, Tom Bukowski, Alex Ringhand, Joseph Putz, Hannah Talbot, Sam Moore, Katelyn Starkweather, Allison Beilke, and Jordan Anderson, our nurse champions; Noele Owen (University of Minnesota Medical Center) for administrative support; and all of the nursing, provider, and ancillary staff at University of Minnesota Medical Center who supported the change. MHealth Department of Critical Care.

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  • Checklist
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Goals
  • Intensive care units
  • Interdisciplinary care
  • Patient care methods

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