Using the Concepts of Lean to Improve Swing Bed Documentation

Host: Carolyn St.Charles, RN, BSN, MBA – Chief Regional Clinical Officer, HealthTechS3
Date and Time:  July 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm CT

Documentation requirements for a patient in swing bed status are sometimes viewed as time-consuming and complicated.  And, unfortunately there are frequently significant documentation gaps.  Developing reliable and standardized processes can help all members of the care team by both reducing the time required for documentation as well as ensuring regulatory requirements are met.

The presentation will focus on improving swing bed documentation by using Lean concepts, including root cause analysis to identify WHY documentation gaps occur, and focused audits.

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least one root cause for documentation that does not meet regulatory standards
  2. Identify at least one process or intervention to improve documentation
  3. Identify components of a comprehensive audit tool

Interesting Fact:
Did you know that W. Edward Deming is attributed with the quote, “In God we trust; all others bring data.”