Tips for Choosing the Right Whiteboard Content

Nov 16, 2016

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One of the many great things about using custom dry erase boards in the hospital is the ability to display a huge range of valuable information to patients and caregivers. There are near limitless combinations to explore, and the information you choose to display can improve patient care and increase HCAHPS scores.

What content should you have on your patient room boards? We find that each hospital's needs are different, which is why we work closely with our clients to design and manufacture boards that are specific to them.

Here are a few tips that will help you you choose which information to display on your whiteboard:

Tip #1: Consider What Patients Want and Need

Patient satisfaction is crucial to hospitals, which is why the primary function of whiteboards is to provide patients with the information that help become either more informed about their treatment or more comfortable.

For example, placing medication schedules on a whiteboard is a great way for patients to stay up to date on what medication they will be taking, the reason for taking it and when it will be administered. While it may seem right to put the time the medication was last taken, patients generally don't want to see that particular information. Instead, they would rather know when their next medication dose will be instead.

Tip #2: Consult With the Nursing Staff

Much like the needs of patients, the needs of the nursing staff are incredibly important to the hospital. When choosing your whiteboard content, make sure to meet with the staff members who will be using them the most. This will tailor your custom whiteboards specifically to your staff, allowing them to better communicate with patients and do their jobs more efficiently.

Tip #3: Keep in Mind Where the Boards Will be Placed

Depending on where you are placing whiteboards in your facility, you may need to display different information. If they will be placed in patient rooms, then the information on them should address patient questions and concerns.

If the boards will be placed in the nursing station, it's a good idea to place information on them that will allow nurses to communicate with one another about scheduling and patient needs.

If you are considering a line of whiteboards like our InHarmony Changeable Glass boards, you will be able swap out information no matter where the boards are placed. You can even have cards created that display information in different languages.

Get More Tips and Ideas!

For more information on our hospital whiteboards, including design examples, content ideas and plenty of photos of finished whiteboards, download our IdeaBook. If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to contact us today.