Monday, October 23, 2006

This is Truly Awesome

At this link, I found an article about an OB/Gyn department which switched to all shift work and not only survived, they thrived. It makes so much sense, instead of different teams rotating different days, Team A signing out A patients to Team C, who then has total care of them for the night in addition to Team C's own patients. I think continuity of care is FAR better preserved under this shift system than under the current rotating call system. Another fascinating fascet of this particular program is that they focused on efficiency to make it work. No more 9 am clinic starting at 10 because patients weren't in the room until 9:45. It's amazing! This website has some real horror stories, so I'm glad to see that someone, somewhere is actually working to try to make positive changes.

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