Gatorounds is a patient-centered rounding system that applies championship athletic principles to health care. We are applying the lessons learned by the University of Florida's premier football, basketball, and volleyball coaches to the care of our patients.
A team approach to patient care, all patients are the team's patients and every resident and student should be familiar with the key details of all patients on the team, and be willing to share work to assure work is evenly distributed among team members.
Participation of bedside nurses, case manager, and pharmacist in work round management decisions.
Emphasis on spending time communicating with each patient with the bedside nurse present (rounds in the room when possible)
Work rounds consistently under 2 hours. This requires:
- Succinct and highly targeted verbal communication protocols that are problem based.
- Proper allocation of time for all patients (approximate allocation per patient = 120 min/patient number.
- Improved patient flow by planning discharges the night before and having the attending see the patients before work rounds to
assure discharge by 10 AM.
- Ordering of new tests and procedures etc at the bedside using the portable computer
Everyone must understand their specific role on the team
It takes teamwork to achieve the highest standards of care.
Dr. Larry Edwards,Professor of Medicine and Training Director for the University of Florida Department of Medicine, and Dr. Fred Southwick, Professor of Medicine describe Gatorounds, a the multidisciplinary rounding system based on athletic principles
Gatorounds is a carefully orchestrated system that eliminates ambiguity, improves efficiency, reduces errors, and fosters teamwork. To date the system has only been adapted to General Internal Medicine. However, we [...]