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Innovative Solutions: Optimal Patient Outcomes as a Result of Multidisciplinary Rounds

Wilson, Francis E. Jr BSN, RN, CCRN; Newman, Amanda MSN, RN, CCRN-CSC; Ilari, Sharon BSN, RN

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: July/August 2009 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - pp 171-173
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3181a4d5bc
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Multidisciplinary rounds have been shown to improve patient outcomes. The use of a standardized tool in one institution led to a pharmacy cost savings of more than $50,000 and a decrease of 1.5 days for patients receiving mechanical ventilation.

This article describes the use of a standardized tool in an effort to decrease costs and length of mechanical ventilation in one hospital.

Francis E. Wilson Jr, BSN, RN, CCRN, was the nurse manager of the Jewish Hospital eIntensive Care Unit, eICU® and is currently the Assistant Nurse Manager for Oncology/Cardiac Telemetry at Norton Hospital.

Amanda Newman, MSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, is currently the nurse manager of the Open Heart Recovery Room and the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Jewish Hospital, part of the Jewish Hospital-Sts Mary and Elizabeth Hospital System. She was a member of the Multidisciplinary Rounds redesign team.

Sharon Ilari, BSN, RN, is a staff nurse in the ventilator care unit at Jewish Hospital, part of the Jewish Hospital-Sts Mary and Elizabeth Hospital System. She was a member of the Multidisciplinary Rounds redesign team.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Francis E. Wilson Jr, BSN, RN, CCRN, 3700 Stanton Blvd., Louisville, KY 40220 (frankwilson911@hotmail.com).

Editor's Note: Nurses are encouraged to write about any policies, treatments, guidelines, and/or protocols they have successfully implemented for their units and wish to share with other nurses. For more information, please contact the editor at vmiracle@aol.com.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.