The dry-erase board, found in every hospital unit and patient room, is a long-standing communication tool used to display patient assignments, contact information, and critical clinical information.
In a typical twenty-five bed unit, it is not uncommon for fifteen admissions, transfers and discharges to take place daily, and updating whiteboards is just a small part of that job. A patient’s status may also change at any time – and so must the whiteboard. Caregiver assignments change multiple times per day – and so must the whiteboard. With so many moving parts, it is simply not possible to keep information up to date.