The Board Round is the most important phase of good discharge planning
It is the gold standard to make sure patients are discharged with their medication. On the occasion when this is not possible, we must ensure that plans are in place for swift and safe delivery of medication to the patient.
Every day patients are coming into our Emergency Department and need beds on your ward. Good board rounds ensure the greatest number of beds are available for them.
The board round must be succinct. Good management and planning here makes your work more effective, improves care for the patient and the efficiency of the hospital as a whole.
Most patients can be discussed in less than a minute. So even on the biggest ward the meeting should take no longer than half an hour. Keep the bed managers informed.
You must have the right team for your ward. Everybody must take responsibility, everyone’s role and contribution is important.