Intentional rounding

The idea of intentional rounding is to dedicate time each day to properly talking to patients, finding out their needs and wishes and how we can improve their care.

Intentional rounding was successfully completed as a project on the medical block earlier in 2014.

  • It is a process that supports regular patient rounds and targeted questions to ensure patients’ needs are met in a timely manner. 
  • It looks at personal needs, pain management, positioning and keeping the immediate environment free of clutter. 
  • Patients know staff will be back to see them on a regular basis and they are more likely to ask for assistance when they need it.

Patients report a better care experience and it helps in reducing incidence of falls and pressure ulcers.

Intentional rounding is supported by a documented procedure that outlines the practice and rationale, along with patient and staff information and some visual tools.
The procedure has a framework that is flexible enough to fit into different wards and situations but maintains a level of standardisation so it is recognisable from ward to ward.