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HMC Works to Improve Stroke Response, Care

Just after 10:30 a.m. Friday a group of nurses, rehabilitation therapists and other medical providers gathered outside a room at Hilo Medical Center and discussed the care of their stroke patient inside.

When they finished, the group moved down the hall to the next room with another stroke patient.

Hospital officials said 25-30 stroke patients come through HMC’s doors each month.

Just this month, though, HMC began doing collaborative, interdisciplinary “grand rounds” for those patients in an effort to better coordinate care.

Becca Moore, HMC’s stroke/STEMI coordinator, said the rounds are an opportunity for care providers like nurses and physical, occupational and speech therapists “to see what kind of care we’re providing to each patient,” and learn what could have been done differently and where there’s room for improvement.

“At that time, if there’s any need from the doctors or something we’re missing, we can go ahead and discuss that,” she said.

Moore said rounding as an interdisciplinary team has been shown to have better patient outcomes.

“It’s really good. …It’s just a learning opportunity for us all.”

Registered Nurse Ridge Cabaccang, who has worked at HMC since October, said the rounds are helpful and allows for “extra eyes on the patients.”

Click on the link for the full text for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald’s January 27 story, “HMC Works to Improve Stroke Response, Care.”