The importance of measuring care load
The major challenge facing healthcare establishments is to optimise the management of their care workload. Overworked nursing staff can have a negative impact on the quality of care provided to patients. Fortunately, innovative solutions like Careboard exist to address this issue.
Defining the needs of field teams to guide strategic decisions
Measuring the workload of care is a crucial issue for healthcare establishments. It allows them to better understand and objectify patient needs, and to make more informed strategic decisions. This measurement has a number of advantages:
- more efficient allocation of available resources,
- better dispatching of patients within the care team,
- definition of the size and composition of core teams,
- development of a staff turnover plan, drafting of a roadmap, …
The benefits of measuring care load
Efficient resource allocation and optimal team management
Healthcare establishments face a major challenge: measuring care workload. Understanding and objectifying patient needs enables a more efficient allocation of resources and optimal team management.
Approaches to measuring workload:
Indirect vs. direct: finding the right method for your facility
There are two types of approach to measuring care workload:
- Indirect approaches: using patient independence or severity scores, or patient classification.
- Direct approaches: allow workload to be measured by identifying the care required for each patient and adding up the time needed to carry it out.
However, these methods can be complex and costly to implement. That’s why there are simpler solutions, such as Careboard software, which enables objective measurement of care load in real and forecast time, while taking into account the feelings of teams in the field.
It is important to note that the measurement of care workload should not be confused with the measurement of care delivered. Indeed, care given may differ from care required for a variety of reasons, such as lack of resources, the use of ineffective or inefficient techniques, or an inappropriate care approach. Measuring the burden of care required and the burden of care given can therefore be very complex.
Careboard: a revolutionary tool to improve care workload management
Improving the quality of care and the well-being of carers through better workload measurement
Careboard revolutionizes the measurement of care workload by providing a real-time view of it. Discover how the platform prioritizes patient needs, while anticipating the day-to-day challenges faced by care teams.
The positive impact of Careboard on the quality of care and the well-being of carers
Let’s take the example of a nurse who works in a hospital ward and looks after 10 patients. At the start of her day, she knows that she has to provide care for each of them. However, she has no information about the nature of this care or the time required to carry it out.
During the day, she is often interrupted in her work. She has to deal with administrative tasks, requests from families, emergencies and unforeseen situations.
By the end of the day, she’s exhausted and frustrated that she hasn’t had time to complete all the care her patients need. She wonders how she can make up for lost time the next day, knowing that the workload is likely to be even greater.
Now, let’s imagine she’s using a care load measurement solution like Careboard. She can easily see in real time how many patients she has to care for, what types of care they require and how long each task should take. She can also communicate in real time with other members of the care team to share information on patients and care needs.
Thanks to Careboard, she can better plan her tasks and prioritize her actions. She can also identify the times of day when she is likely to be busiest, and prepare for them in advance. This enables her to manage her time better, reduce stress and provide better quality care to her patients.
The concrete benefits of using Careboard
Time optimization, workload management and improved quality of care
Department managers can use the data collected by Careboard to better allocate resources and reinforcements according to their respective workloads. They can also use the data to improve work processes and optimize patient care times.
Careboard as an essential ally for better care management
Measuring the workload of care is a major challenge for healthcare establishments. Understanding what patients need is important for making the right decisions. Measuring the workload of carers is difficult, but solutions like Careboard do exist. Careboard provides a simple and reliable way of measuring workload, taking into account the opinions of the teams. Using Careboard can help carers to manage their work better: it helps to improve the quality of care and to make optimum use of available resources.