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Gatorounds is a patient-centered rounding system that applies the lessons from UF’s athletic teams and symphony orchestra to health care.  

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What are Gatorounds?

Athletics & Music

Athletics and Music Take Teamwork

Gatorounds is a patient-centered rounding system that applies championship athletic and symphony orchestra principles to health care. We are applying the lessons learned by the University of Florida's music school and premier football, basketball, and volleyball coaches to the care of our patients.

patient-centered care

Gatorounds uses the scientific method and the patient's viewpoint to continually improve

Our approach is also guided by Toyota Production System or Lean adapted to healthcare, called Patient-centered Healthcare Design (PHD). We are applying the scientific method like a PhD to continually improve our rounding system while always looking through the eyes of our patients. 

Our goals:

  1. A team approach to patient care focusing on the patient as the team owner.
  2. Participation of bedside nurses, case manager, and pharmacist in work round management decisions.
  3. Emphasis on spending time communicating with each patient with the bedside nurse present (rounds in the room when possible)
  4. 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. Takt time)
    - 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 or computer tablet.
  5. Everyone must understand their specific role on the team (eliminates duplication of work)
  6. It takes teamwork to achieve the highest standards of care:

Recent News

Athletic-based Interdisciplinary Rounding (AIR)™

To encourage broader implementation of our rounding system we encourage other institutions to use the name Athletic-based Interdisciplinary Rounds abbreviated AIR™. We like the slogan “AIR, just do it!”

We are the system

Patient care means delivering care in the best possible system. If the system fails we appear uncaring Don’t our patients deserve the same standards of quality as our championship athletic teams?

Gatorounds can be adapted to any service

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 […]