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Intentional rounding

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This article will tell you about

  • What intentional rounding is and how the concept was developed
  • Benefits of intentional rounding and how it impacts on quality of care
  • How it delivers essential care needs
  • How it is implemented in practice

You would be likely to reference this article if you were researching:

  • Quality standards
  • Intentional rounding
  • Nurse Quality Forum Group
  • Essential care

In what situations will this article be useful to me?

  • Intentional rounding is suggested as one of the ways to improve care in the measures announced by the Prime Minister last week to address current concerns about care, particularly of the elderly. Intentional rounding is a system where patients are checked regularly to ensure their care needs are being met. The system originated in Kentucky, US and the intention is for nurses to have clear aims which are measured. Reading the article will update you on this care approach and how it is implemented and the benefits it can produce.

Questions for your mentor/tutor

  • How would intentional rounding work in practice?
  • How does it fit in a historical context?

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Intentional rounding

  • Intentional rounding is a process where nurses and support staff carry out regular checks with
    individual patients at set intervals. Having checked on the patient, the check is ended by the patient
    being asked: “Is there anything else I can do for you - I have time”. This encourages patients to
    express their needs even when staff are busy.
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