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Republished: Daily consultant gastroenterologist ward rounds: reduced length of stay and improved inpatient mortality.
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PMID:  23014940     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: For gastroenterology, The Royal College of Physicians reiterates the common practice of two to three consultant ward rounds per week. The Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust operated a 26-bed gastroenterology ward, covered by two consultants at any one time. A traditional system of two ward rounds per consultant per week operated, but as is commonplace, discharges peaked on ward round days.
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether daily consultant ward rounds would improve patient care, shorten length of stay and reduce inpatient mortality.
METHODS: A new way of working was implemented in December 2009 with a single consultant taking responsibility for all ward inpatients. Freed from all other direct clinical care commitments for their 2 weeks of ward cover, they conducted ward rounds each morning. A multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting followed immediately. The afternoon was allocated to gastroenterology referrals and reviewing patients on the medical admissions unit.
RESULTS: The changes had an immediate and dramatic effect on average length of stay, which was reduced from 11.5 to 8.9 days. The number of patients treated over 12 months increased by 37% from 739 to 1010. Moreover, the number of deaths decreased from 88 to 62, a reduction in percentage mortality from 11.2% to 6%. However, these major quality outcomes involved a reduction in consultant-delivered outpatient and endoscopy activity.
CONCLUSION: This new method of working has both advantages and disadvantages. However, it has had a major impact on inpatient care and provides a compelling case for consultant gastroenterology expansion in the UK.
Salil Singh; George Lipscomb; Kadukkavil Padmakumar; Radha Ramamoorthy; Shirley Ryan; Vivien Bates; Sandra Crompton; Emma Dermody; Kieran Moriarty
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medical journal     Volume:  88     ISSN:  1469-0756     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med J     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234135     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med J     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  583-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancs BL4 0JR, UK.
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