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NCH shared nursing guidelines

At NCH, we are committed to improving patient care. As part of our ongoing improvement efforts, we've created critical guidelines for all nurses in communicating a critical situation or reporting a change in a patient’s condition.

In this way, we can be sure that all healthcare professionals caring for the same patient have the most current information.

These guidelines include:

  • Assessing the patient
  • Reviewing the chart for the appropriate physician to call
  • Reading the most recent progress notes and assessment from prior shift
  • Making sure that before you talk to the physician you have the patient’s chart, allergies, medications, IV fluids and lab results

Examples of the NCH Shared Tool Communications Forms include:

PDF format (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader):

For more information regarding these or other guidelines, you may email or call Janis Ingebrigtsen, Northwest Community Hospital Director of Patient Satisfaction and Patient Safety at 847.618.7950.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009