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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/603433
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Effective Nursing Work Flow: Making a Difference
Other Titles:
Bridging the Practice/Research Chasm [Symposium]
Author(s):
Buzick, Ausrine; Lanes, Stephanie; Contreras, Estella; Lanes, Stephanie; Contreras, Estella
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Ausrine Buzick, RN, ausrine.buzick@midland-memorial.com; Stephanie Lanes, RN; Estella Contreras
Abstract:
Session presented on Sunday, November 8, 2015: Efficiency of spaces are linked to less interruption to nurses work flow, shorter travel time and distance  resulting in the staff being able  to accomplish assigned tasks and increased face time with patients. A growing body of  research focusing on spatial flow of clinical units suggests that equipment organization and location are  key factors in achieving clinical efficiency. Objective: The projects objective was to demonstrate how a proper sized sling placed in a patient’s room could benefit patient’s safety, decrease nurse’s time spent looking for proper equipment and increase nurse’s productivity.  Methods:  The initial stage of the project was to study the medical unit layout and identify the areas for sling rack placements. Slings were conventionally located on the top of linen carts in the clean utility rooms. Sling racks were moved to the hallway and  placed in close proximity to bariatric rooms. The criteria for sling placement in the patient’s rooms was established based on the assessment of patient population. Factors guiding the assessment included level of assistance required, patient’s functional status, safety and comfort.  Four main guidelines were used to determine  sling placement: 1) score of mobility test and/or Hendrich scale, 2) neurovascular/musculoskeletal status, 3) bariatric patients, 4) total care patients. Results: Safe Patient Handling team’s internal monthly  audits revealed the increase in compliance of proper sling placement and usage. Four month audit data was used in the study. Easy access to equipment was directly correlated with frequency of its usage. Conclusion: The benefits of easy access to slings include: 1) saved time for locating the necessary equipment, 2) increased nurse –patient face time 3) increased utilization of proper equipment 4) reduced number of patient fall, injuries incidents. The project revealed the need to eliminate unnecessary complexity in equipment organization and location. It proved  that functional efficiency is closely linked to economic efficiency. References: Zadeh, R et al. Rethinking efficiency in acute care nursing units: analyzing nursing unit layouts for improved spatial flow, Health Environments Research & Design Journal 2012; 6 (1): 39-64
Keywords:
Quality Improvement; Work Flow; Clinical
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15B05
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

Full metadata record

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleEffective Nursing Work Flow: Making a Differenceen
dc.title.alternativeBridging the Practice/Research Chasm [Symposium]en
dc.contributor.authorBuzick, Ausrineen
dc.contributor.authorLanes, Stephanieen
dc.contributor.authorContreras, Estellaen
dc.contributor.authorLanes, Stephanieen
dc.contributor.authorContreras, Estellaen
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsAusrine Buzick, RN, ausrine.buzick@midland-memorial.com; Stephanie Lanes, RN; Estella Contrerasen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/603433en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Sunday, November 8, 2015: Efficiency of spaces are linked to less interruption to nurses work flow, shorter travel time and distance  resulting in the staff being able  to accomplish assigned tasks and increased face time with patients. A growing body of  research focusing on spatial flow of clinical units suggests that equipment organization and location are  key factors in achieving clinical efficiency. Objective: The projects objective was to demonstrate how a proper sized sling placed in a patient’s room could benefit patient’s safety, decrease nurse’s time spent looking for proper equipment and increase nurse’s productivity.  Methods:  The initial stage of the project was to study the medical unit layout and identify the areas for sling rack placements. Slings were conventionally located on the top of linen carts in the clean utility rooms. Sling racks were moved to the hallway and  placed in close proximity to bariatric rooms. The criteria for sling placement in the patient’s rooms was established based on the assessment of patient population. Factors guiding the assessment included level of assistance required, patient’s functional status, safety and comfort.  Four main guidelines were used to determine  sling placement: 1) score of mobility test and/or Hendrich scale, 2) neurovascular/musculoskeletal status, 3) bariatric patients, 4) total care patients. Results: Safe Patient Handling team’s internal monthly  audits revealed the increase in compliance of proper sling placement and usage. Four month audit data was used in the study. Easy access to equipment was directly correlated with frequency of its usage. Conclusion: The benefits of easy access to slings include: 1) saved time for locating the necessary equipment, 2) increased nurse –patient face time 3) increased utilization of proper equipment 4) reduced number of patient fall, injuries incidents. The project revealed the need to eliminate unnecessary complexity in equipment organization and location. It proved  that functional efficiency is closely linked to economic efficiency. References: Zadeh, R et al. Rethinking efficiency in acute care nursing units: analyzing nursing unit layouts for improved spatial flow, Health Environments Research & Design Journal 2012; 6 (1): 39-64en
dc.subjectQuality Improvementen
dc.subjectWork Flowen
dc.subjectClinicalen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:50:34Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:50:34Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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