Impacting Satisfaction, Learning, and Efficiency Through Structured Interdisciplinary Rounding in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Merrick Lopez, Yana Vaks, Michele Wilson, Kenneth Mitchell, Christina Lee, Janeth Ejike, Grace Oei, Danny Kaufman, Jamie Hambly, Cynthia Tinsley, Thomas Bahk, Carlos Samayoa, James Pappas, Shamel Abd-Allah


In a study conducted at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, the implementation of Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR) in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) improved family and staff satisfaction, workflow efficiency, and resident education.

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reduction in PICU length of stay
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increase in patient top-box survey responses


To assess the impact of Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR) on rounding efficiency, interdisciplinary participation, family satisfaction, and resident education in a PICU.


The study was a quality improvement initiative conducted in a 25-bed multidisciplinary PICU over 18 months. Interventions included pre-rounding huddles, changing the start of the rounding week, and implementing the SIBR model. Data were collected on rounding duration, interdisciplinary participation, family satisfaction, and physician order read-back practices. Statistical analysis included Mann-Whitney, z-test, and t-tests.


Rounding Duration

• Decreased from 17.1 minutes per patient to 11.3 minutes per patient (P<0.001).

Interdisciplinary Participation

• Nurses: Increased from 88% to 100% (P<0.001).

• Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs): Increased from 13% to 61% (P<0.001).

• Families: Increased from 24% to 49% (P<0.001).

Physician Order Read-Back

• Increased from 41% to 79% (P<0.001).

Length of Stay (LOS)

• Decreased from a median of 2.1 days to 1.9 days (P=0.004).

Family Satisfaction

• Proportion of top responses from family surveys increased from 0.69 to 0.76 (P<0.001).

Resident Education

• 70% of residents felt SIBR positively impacted their education.

• 97% found SIBR more effective than rounds without structure.

• 70% believed family presence positively impacted learning.


The implementation of SIBR in a PICU led to greater family and staff satisfaction, improved workflow efficiency, and enhanced resident education. SIBR reduced rounding time without compromising the quality of care, mortality, or readmission rates, indicating its value in a busy pediatric intensive care environment.

Additional Data

5.8 minute decrease in mean rounding duration per patient (p < 0.001)

SIBR rounds had significantly better nurse, respiratory care practitioner and family participation: 14% increase in for nurses, 369% for (RCPs) & 104% for family (p < 0.001)

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