The rule of 8’s can be tricky to learn for new occupational therapy practitioners. In some facilities, it takes 15 minutes minimum for a patient to be seen to generate 1 unit. Then there’s some events like evaluations that generate a specific amount of units, e.g., 3 per evaluation.
While you can figure out how many minutes are for 1, 2, 3, 4 units etc. or calculate it by hand, it can be a lot of math if you are trying to get an idea of how you are doing for productivity for the day.
I like to know how I am doing as the day progresses so I can pace myself in the afternoons and plan dynamically as things happen, e.g., patient refusals, patients getting discharged, new admits requiring evaluations, etc. To make my life (and your life) easier, I made a free calculator that can calculate productivity for up to 10 patients.
If you need to see more than 10 patients, you can just sum up the first 10, take note of how many units they all are, and reset the calculator to have 10 more. I’m thinking about adding a field for each patient for you to enter their initials, but not sure how useful that will be or if it will make the screen too cluttered. Let me know what you think.
Hope you all find this handy. Good luck!