Mark Hudson, Manager of Strategic Accounts
It’s no surprise that readmissions have a negative effect on a hospital. From a reduction in reimbursements to an impact on patient care and satisfaction ratings, it’s one of the biggest concerns of healthcare organizations. Over 836,000 of the more than 7 million 30-day hospital readmissions can be prevented. This is over $25 billion in wasteful spending*!
So how can your organization reduce 30-day hospital readmissions with rounding? Here are 5 of the top rounds that have been proven to reduce hospital readmissions.
- Pre-Admission Rounds: Get a jump start on communication with the patient during pre-admission rounds. Educate patients on procedures, surgeries, treatments, medications, and exercise management before they occur; reducing readmissions by up to 12%.
- Infection Prevention Rounds: Infections account for 1.2% of every 1,000 patients readmitted to a hospital. Use rounding to ensure proper hand hygiene, pressure sore management, as well as other infection protocols to reduce infection both during patient stay and after discharge. With better infection control programs and improvement processes, readmission rates decline.
- Employee/Leadership Rounds: Using both Employee and Leadership rounds hospitals can determine areas that need improvement such as training or quality. A well-trained staff is better prepared to educate and prepare a patient for discharge. In addition, Employee & Leadership Rounds support a patient centered care concept where all parties are communicating and centered on the patient, ensuring discharge occurs when appropriate.
- Nurse Rounds: It has been proven that nurse presence with hourly rounding throughout the stay prepares patients and educates patients on the discharge process, as well as what to expect after the discharge process. In addition, nurses who complete hourly rounds can identify early warning signs of complications or adverse events that should prevent a discharge.
- Post-Discharge Rounds: Completing discharge rounds, as well as follow-up discharge rounds ensures patients have a complete understanding of their medication timing, dosage, frequency, and the ability to ask questions and have complete clarity, a complete understanding of discharge plans, and receive complete information on post-discharge care.
Is your organization completing these rounds to help reduce your hospital readmission rate?