Family Doctor that does hospital rounds

Hospital Rounds

At Leonida Family Practice, an important part of our care includes visiting our patients when they are in the hospital.

These professional visits are called inpatient rounds, and they can be very important to your health. Hospital rounds create continuity of care, meaning we have the opportunity to understand first hand the treatments, prescriptions, and prognosis related to your hospital stay.

When we make our rounds, you are likely to see us in the company of your attending physician, along with a team of health care professionals (nurses, therapists, nutritionists, and others) who have been assigned to help you experience the best outcome.

During hospital rounds, the results of your treatment and any medical procedures, like X-rays, CT and MRI scans, as well as EKGs may be discussed.  The results of your lab work, like blood and urine tests, will be reviewed.

Most importantly, everyone involved will come away with a clear understanding of your plan of care and the priorities for treatment.  Hospital rounds are known to:

  • Improve patient satisfaction and sense of well-being
  • Provide for timely consultations
  • Improve communication between medical staff
  • Contribute to better care
  • Reduce hospital stay time
  • Help smooth discharge procedures

The Effort of Making Patient Rounds is Worth It!

Today, many physicians no longer have time for rounds.  At Leonida Family Practice, we believe the effort to participate in your hospital care and keep aware of your treatment plan is essential.

An important part of rounds can also include family members.  It’s not unusual for patients to be stressed, tired, or just trying to get through another day in the hospital.  The presence of family members is an opportunity for your loved ones to hear about your course of treatment, ask questions, take notes, and be better prepared for their supportive role at home once you are discharged.

Would you like to learn more about how we handle hospital rounds at Leonida Family Practice?  Give us a call at 724-547-4565.  We look forward to talking with you.