When there is a shift change on any hospital unit, the daytime nurse and nighttime nurse exchange important information about their patients. Traditionally, this dialogue takes place at the nurse’s station, leaving patients with no direct care during that period of time. When patients are left alone with a lack of fast response, research has shown that sentinel events can occur.
Bedside Reports take place at the patient’s bedside rather than at the nurse’s station. Implementing this practice improves patient safety and trust while enhancing nursing collaboration and ensuring accountability. It also engages patients to be an active participant in their care and provides them with a better understanding of their condition and treatment plan.
This can be easily monitored with the Critical Alert Analytics platform, Aperum. Visibility and understanding of time it takes to perform the task and impact on ability to interact with the call light during that time can be seen in real time within the Aperum platform.
Hospitals that have incorporated Bedside Report have achieved higher HCAHPS scores as well as a reduction in medication errors and sentinel events.