Communication among health care providers is critically important to provide safe care, as poor communication represents a major etiology of preventable adverse events (AE) in hospitals. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of an intervention, structured interdisciplinary rounds (SIDRs), on preventable adverse events on a medical teaching unit.
The study was a controlled trial comparing an intervention medical teaching unit with a similar control unit at an urban 897‐bed leaching hospital. The intervention, SIDR, combined a structured format for communication with a forum for regular interdisciplinary meetings. Based on an interdisciplinary working group's recommendation, SIDR took place each weekday at 11:00
Bivariate analyses found no significant differences in patient characteristics between the intervention and control unit. The adjusted incidence rale ratio of totaI and preventable adverse events was significantly lower for the intervention unit as compared to the control unit (see Table 1).
SIDR significantly reduced the adjusted rate of total and preventable AEs on a medical teaching unit. Further study is required to assess the types of AEs that account for these differences.
K. O'Leary, none; R. Buck, none; C. Haviley, none; M. Slade, none; M. Landler, none; N. Kulkarni, none; J. Lee, none; S. Cohen, none; D. Wayne, none; M. Williams, none.
To cite this abstract:O'Leary K, Buck R, Haviley C, Slade M, Landler M, Kulkarni N, Lee J, Cohen S, Wayne D, Williams M. Improving Patient Safety: Impact of Structured Interdisciplinary Rounds on a Medical Teaching Unit. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2010, April 8-11, Washington, D.C. Abstract 102. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2010; 5 (suppl 1). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/improving-patient-safety-impact-of-structured-interdisciplinary-rounds-on-a-medical-teaching-unit/. Accessed November 15, 2019.