Hourly rounding in a high dependency unit
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Hourly rounding in a high dependency unit

Lynsey Lowe Band 6 sister, High dependency unit, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds
Gillian Hodgson Nurse consultant, Infection prevention and control, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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.

Nursing Standard. 27, 8,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.10.27.8.35.c9362

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