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Transforming Care Together Initiative at Charleston Area Medical Center Increases Time Spent on Patient Care at the Bedside
Date:7/22/2009

taking fewer steps to complete the same tasks.

One central supply room with access from both patient care hallways instead of the six supply areas that previously existed is allowing nurses to spend less time searching for supplies and more time with their patients. Changes such as this have contributed to saving over 3.5 million steps per year, the equivalent of more than 1600 miles.

A posted checklist known as kamishibai cards is used by all nurses and multiple layers of management to ensure that necessary audits for appropriate signatures on patient charts and proper environmental conditions are completed efficiently and on a regular basis, resulting in reduced wasted time and better quality care.

"In a time when hospitals are facing severe economic pressures, the work at CAMC is a testament to the notion that efficient practice makes high quality care a reality," said Jim Parish, executive vice president, Healthcare Practice at RWD. "CAMC's leadership should serve as a model for other hospitals to follow for empowering their staff in the pursuit of optimal care delivery that puts patients first and strengthens the hospital's standing."

For more information about the process improvement services RWD(R) Healthcare offers hospitals, visit www.rwd.com/healthcare.

About RWD(R) Healthcare

The RWD(R) Healthcare practice works with hospitals across the country to free both their people and their funds for better patient care. RWD's "Lean" approach to process improvement starts with a focus on people, working hand-in-hand with hospital staff to implement change that lasts. RWD process improvement solutions address challenges in critical areas of the hospital such as emergency department patient flow, perioperative services management, staff training and retention and core meas
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