Limelight: A VividBoard Blog

 

Essential Information Fields for Rehabilitation Whiteboards

Rehabilitation hospitals that cater to long-term patients recovering from musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopedic, and other conditions use patient room whiteboards to improve communication and provide better service to their patients. These whiteboards can be customized to match the facility’s design and brand and cater to the patients being treated.

These are the most effective information fields that can be included on a whiteboard meant for long-term rehabilitation patients.

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Information to Omit from Patient Room Whiteboards

Over the years, numerous studies have been conducted and research papers written on the effectiveness and usage of patient room whiteboards. There’s a lot of research and conversation about the specific information fields and features that can be placed on whiteboards. Some of these are “must haves”, but many fields and features still exist that do not provide a high level of interaction and communication. When real estate is tight on a whiteboard surface, it’s important to include only information fields and features that that enhance the patient experience.  

These are a few things that may be best left off the patient room whiteboard.

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What to Consider When Sizing a Whiteboard

One simple but highly important factor when creating a patient room whiteboard is sizing. How large (or small) can the whiteboard be for it to act as an effective communication tool? While standard sizes are available, custom sizing can be manufactured, eliminating most of the sizing limitations that might be faced when choosing the right dry erase board for a room. Even with the sizing limitations lifted, there generally will be an “ideal size” for a whiteboard based on the room’s layout and design. 

When sizing a whiteboard for your facility, begin with these design and treatment considerations. 

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3 Ways Hospital Whiteboards Help Improve Patient Flow

A simple whiteboard that shows patients where they are in the perioperative process gives everyone — transporters, the director, nurses — a common source of truth that they can use to efficiently move patients through operating rooms and theaters." 

This was a conclusion reached in Becker’s Hospital Review’s Three-Pronged Approach to Optimizing Patient Flow, a study that analyzed how hospitals can improve the flow of patients throughout a facility. 
Why is Patient Flow Important? 

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The Basics of Implementing Whiteboards in Emergency Departments

A hospital’s emergency department is one of the most fast-paced, chaotic areas of a facility. This is especially true for facilities located in dense urban areas, where incoming patient levels are high and teams need to work quickly to reduce wait times, all while providing the best level of care to all patients. This environment can result in a lot of confusion and miscommunication, which is why facilities seek to provide their trauma teams with everything they need to work quickly and efficiently while keeping the patient at the center of everything they do.

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Designing Whiteboards as Memory Aids for Behavioral Healthcare

Long-term memory care and behavioral healthcare facilities are tasked with caring for patients that present a wide-range of cognitive and memory-based challenges. Some patients have issues retaining information, both in the long and short term, while others have trouble understanding what is being conveyed to them by caregivers. These communication gaps and failure to retain information are two challenges that specially designed custom whiteboards are uniquely suited to handle.

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Are Hospital Whiteboards the Right Prescription for Pain and Medication Management?

Managing patient pain is one of the most important things hospitals can do to increase patient satisfaction and HCAHPS scores, especially for post-operative patients. More than 22% of HCAHPS questions, a full 6 out of the 27, ask patients about pain management and medication they receive during their hospital stay. Combine this statistic with those found by researchers, which revealed that 86% of post-surgical patients had experienced moderate to acute painand you have a recipe for higher patient satisfaction scores. This all begins with proper pain and medication management.

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How Healthcare Whiteboards Help Solve the Patient Comfort Equation

Comfort is one of the foundational pillars of patient satisfaction, and patient room whiteboards have become a helpful tool for care teams to provide the increasingly high level of comfort sought by patients in an age where healthcare is more competitive than ever. When patients are kept comfortable, both physically and emotionally, they are far more likely to perceive their care as satisfactory, highly rate the hospital in which they are staying, and recommend the facility to their family and friends. These opinions are also integral parts of HCAPHPS surveys, one of the primary metrics by which a hospital’s performance is rated.

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