Daily goals assessment allows teams to keep track of plans established either on patient care rounds and/or multidisciplinary rounds and to verify their completion. The intent is to establish 1 or 2 appropriate, explicit daily goals for patients and improve their overall care. In addition, involving the family in establishing daily goals and informing the family of care plans can enhance satisfaction for everyone.
Daily goal setting is usually done by working from a daily goals worksheet. Keeping the patients' daily goal worksheets up-to-date enhances several processes:
Allows better documentation and communication
Permits evaluation of patient safety risks
Sharpens staff attention to early changes in patients that may be worrisome
Enhances communication among team members and patient/family
Create a Daily Goals Worksheet
Creating a daily goals worksheet assists care teams to keep track of plans established either on patient care rounds and/or multidisciplinary rounds and to verify their completion. In addition, patient safety is enhanced identifying potential safety risks. Duplicate efforts are diminished and length of stay is decreased.
A daily goals worksheet may be individualized to your particular unit and the specific needs and traditions of your hospital. Below are some considerations for daily goals worksheets:
- What work needs to happen for the patient today?
- What is the patient's greatest safety risk?
- If applicable, are all elements of the appropriate bundle completed?
- What are the discharge plans for the patient (either from the critical care unit or the discharged home)?
- Catheter — site care, inspection, consideration for removal?
- Communication/family issues — have we talked to the family today?