SIBR rounds for Allied Health
Daily SIBR Led by Unit-Based Physicians Creates the Ideal Work Environment for Allied Health
Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds brings the PHYSICIAN + BEDSIDE NURSE + ALLIED HEALTH to the PATIENT’S BEDSIDE to synthesize mutually supported PLANS OF CARE AND DISCHARGE in an EFFICIENT, PATIENT-CENTERED EXPERIENCE.
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Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (abbreviated as SIBR, pronounced “cyber”) is a team-based, patient-centered teamwork model which brings the bedside nurse, physician, and any available allied health professionals to the bedside.
The fastest way to get information needed to care for a patient is to bring the care team, patient and family together at the bedside.
The starting point for great interdisciplinary teams are structure and standardization, which create the predictability everyone needs.
With Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR® rounds), hospital care teams have the Shared Mental Model they need to be great.
During SIBR, the doctor and nurse come together at the bedside with their specific SIBR training, performance feedback and advanced skills.
SIBR creates the time, space, and structure for team members to concentrate on what they do best.
SIBR is designed for consistency & efficiency by structuring who says what, when, and in what sequence. SIBR has a multi-step communication protocol designed for consistency, with the same data elements in the same sequence every time.
Create accountability with checklists
Cross-check data with patient, family, and staff
Identify closely held misinformation
Synthesize a mutually supported plan of care
Develop teamwork skills & communication
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Our procedures and programs, which have been embraced by hundreds of unit-based teams around the world, provide better care more efficiently and with a more human touch.
Voices from the Frontline
“Highlight of my career”
– Nancy, Pharmacist
“Remove the barrier between disciplines”
– Alana, Physiotherapist
“Our metrics improved on every category”
– Jon, MD
What can SIBR rounds do for your role?
-Better integration into planning
-Better communication with physician and nurses
-Quicker identification of barriers to discharge
-Better able to support continuing care needs
-Higher work satisfaction
-Better communication with nurses and allied health
-Quicker resolution of issues
-Fewer interruptions and pages
-Less hectic shifts
-Greater sense of control
-SIBR saves time
- Know when the doctor will come to see patients
- Efficient information exchange between team members
- Plan of care shared between team members
- No more guessing, no more uncertainty
- Better access and rapport with doctors
- Resolve issues and concerns efficiently
- Care team work and communicate like an actual team
- Higher job satisfaction
-More control on processes & operations
-Happier unit staff
-Happier patients and families
-Improved clinical, cost, and patient outcomes
-More time for interpersonal relationships
-Less time on administrative duties
-Loving SIBR rounds
-More engaged patients
-Opportunities to participate in decision making
-Getting questions answered
-Goal for the day discussed everyday
-Better informed, less uncertainty
-Increased family attendance at rounds with set time
-Discharge planning discussed daily
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SIBR?
Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (or SIBR, pronounced “cyber”) is a team-based, patient-centered teamwork model. SIBR brings the bedside nurse, physician, and any available allied health & therapy professionals to the bedside. It creates the time, space, and scaffolding for team members to:
- Exchange updates and collaboratively cross check information with the patient, family, and one another
- Re-examine assumptions and identify closely held misinformation
- Hold each other accountable to a quality-safety checklist
- Synthesize a mutually supported plan of care; and
- Create the common ground needed to complete interdependent tasks efficiently the rest of the day
SIBR uses a 6-step communication protocol which outlines who says what, when, and in what sequence. It is designed this way for efficiency, but also for “sense-making.” Sense-making, of course, refers to how much easier it is to make sense of a myriad of data points when listeners know and can trust they will hear the same thing in the same order every time.
For SIBR to be operationally effective, staff must learn to arrive to SIBR prepared, respect punctual start times, and adhere to the 6-step communication protocol. Because they make sense but are also not obvious, these operational norms are taught and emphasized initially through online and onsite training, then reinforced through practice until they become routine.
What is clinically effective SIBR?
Clinically effective SIBR must be high-performance SIBR. The path to high-performance SIBR starts with online and onsite training to learn individual SIBR skills and team SIBR skills. Individual SIBR skills are verified through real-time, electronic assessment and feedback of individual performance. Verification is data-driven: when an individual demonstrates 9 of 10 discrete SIBR high-performance behaviors for 3 different SIBRs, “SIBR Certification” is earned and tracked through a data and analytics software platform.
Team SIBR skills are learned through practicing “orchestration,” a unique concept taught and emphasized initially through online and onsite training, then reinforced through deliberate SIBR practice. The hallmark sign of a SIBR team practicing great orchestration is when participants routinely notice the effectiveness of each step of SIBR and interact dynamically as self-aware team members to optimize it.
High-performance SIBR requires training and self-awareness, but it drives all the gains, from throughput and cost outcomes to clinical outcomes and, patient and staff satisfaction. Just showing up to go through the motions of interdisciplinary rounds is not enough. As with any other clinical competence, expertise matters – each SIBR participant should have individual skills and teams skills.
High-performance SIBR can be tracked across key criteria and reported to unit leaders, service line directors and hospital executives using the 1Unit Software Platform.
What are the benefits of SIBR rounds for allied health?
There are many obvious benefits of SIBR rounds for allied health:
- optimizing shared time with the rest of the care team,
- dedicated time to discuss questions about the care plan each day, so fewer interruptions outside of rounds
- ensuring the team, patient and family are on the same page, working towards the shared plan for the day and for discharge
- easier to share insights and progress with team members
- fewer follow-up questions from patients & family
We also see several less-obvious benefits of SIBR rounds for allied health:
- Improved interprofessional collaboration, relationships and engagement
- Reductions in harm events
- Improved patient satisfaction, resulting in less patient frustration
- Reductions in cost of care