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Thanks for the input! We currently do live reports in our report room. If anyone out there is doing report at the bedside how does it work for you? Does is save time? We have a 1/2 hour report now. How are nurses getting through a face-to-face report when they may have to give more than one nurse report, depending on who's replacing them? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Not at the facility where I am but I have done these in the past. Very favorable. I prefer them. Yes they are time effecient. In fact it tends to take longer giving face to face away from the bedside because the nurse tends to talk about a lot of irrevelent stuff and rambles and even spending time on thiings that have nothing to do with the pt. If there is something that must be passed inconfidence away from earshot of the pt then it is spoken outside the room. After all you give report and then move on to the next pt's room.
As far as confidentiality with a roomate. Don't forget that room mate is there 24 hours not just when you give report. So they know things about each other already. Sometimes they know so much they could give the report. Look everyone in the hospital knows they are entitled to confidentiality and understand that things are being overheard by the room mate and visa versa. It is gererally understood that they keep each other's confidences as far as they agree among themselves.
When ever this is becomes an issue with a patient then they usually let you quietly know and they are discreetly proivided the privacy they request.
It is when visitors are present that this becomes an issue and visitors are told that your require privacy for the roomate during report and are not permitted to be there. The visitors of most concern are those who are there on a more social level rather than say an involved spouse, or adult child who is as concerned about privacy as his beloved, and understand the give and take necessar between roommates in preserving each other's privacy..
Actually it is unusual to have many visitors at the bedside at that time of day.