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Waitemata DHB improves handover with better documentation at the bedside

Categories: Patient Safety, Innovation | Author: Matt Stewart | Posted: 5/11/2014 | Views: 830

Waitemata now collates all the patient assessment and monitoring documents and places them in a basket attached to the end of the bed.  This has improved clinical handover. The bedside folder includes patient information and medication charts. All the assessments required are easily identified and the timeframes for different assessments are clearly visible.

Benefits of this initiative include improving documentation for intentional rounding and all the documents including the medication charts are available at the bedside during medical rounds. An impressive aspect of this bedside folder innovation was the Change Management planning to ensure excellent staff uptake.

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