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INTERDISCIPLINARY CARE ROUNDS: STRATEGIES FOR STARTING AND MANAGING WALKING ROUNDS

Traditionally, there was one to one relationship between patient and the physician. But now in this emerging and developing era of healthcare there is a need of continuous interaction between the patient and the healthcare delivery system which can be achieved through interdisciplinary care rounds.

Interdisciplinary round model of care is considered to be the most effective and efficient tool to increase the quality of healthcare delivery system. Most importantly it increases the patient and his family satisfaction. Multidisciplinary rounds have improved care coordination.

A proper interdisciplinary model of care (IMC) should incorporate nurses, physicians, and ancillary staff to improve health outcome and at the same time provide superior and innovative care to the patients and their families throughout the patient stay.

IMC can also include family members of the patient so that they can specify the details related to the patient like his preferences, likes and dislikes.

For an ICU, IMC apart from above specified members may also include respiratory, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists and case managers with different skills and knowledge backgrounds.

Each member of the IMC will have a different and important function. For example physician may define the type of pulmonary support, its settings and control will lie in the hands of respiratory therapist. Similarly a pharmacist will assist in decision making regarding medicines and its dosing.

Moreover, direct involvement of pharmacist in IMC has improved infection control management in ICU significantly.

Interdisciplinary Care Round Model also called patient centered model has effectively reduced patient days and has increased care coordination. It is a need of today and a progressive step toward an effective healthcare delivery system.

To learn more about Interdisciplinary Care Rounds join our below upcoming webinar.

Interdisciplinary Care Rounds: Strategies for Starting and Managing Walking Rounds

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Traditionally, there was one to one relationship between patient and the physician. But now in this emerging and developing era of healthcare there is a need of continuous interaction ...
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