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Wards rounds in medicine: Principles for best practices

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) supports the joint statement from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Nursing calling for ward rounds to be made the cornerstone of patient care.

SAM President, Dr Chris Roseveare said: “Communication is crucial in providing safe, high quality care for patients admitted to hospital in an emergency. It is vital that all members of the multiprofessional team work closely to ensure that information is shared effectively between staff and with the patient or their carers. Ward rounds represent an opportunity to ensure that decisions taken at a senior level are communicated widely.

“I am delighted that this joint statement from the RCP and RCN has recognised the importance of nursing involvement in ward rounds. A key challenge is to ensure that staffing levels are adequate to enable nursing and other staff groups to participate fully in this process.”

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