Hourly rounding in a high dependency unit

Nurs Stand. 2012 Oct 24-30;27(8):35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.


The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the many organisations that have signed up to Safety Express, a pilot programme of the Department of Health's Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention safe care coalition. Its aim is to reduce avoidable harm to patients in four areas: trips and falls, pressure ulcers, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and venous thromboembolism. Hourly rounding (hourly checks on patients) has been identified as a means of reducing harm to patients. This article describes the preparation needed to introduce hourly rounding in a high dependency unit.

MeSH terms

  • Harm Reduction
  • Hospitals, Public / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • State Medicine
  • United Kingdom