The United States has one of the highest rates of healthcare costs in comparison to countries of similar economic development. Unfortunately, this does not equate to a better quality of care. Despite high costs, the U.S. ranks poorly in the areas of life expectancy and other quality areas (Burke & Ryan, 2014). According to Dr. […]
When integrating change into practice, it’s important to understand the common barriers encountered in quality and safety implementation. This will allow for adequate planning and preparation. Some of the challenges include a lack of team integrity and disruptive and hierarchical behavior. Unfortunately, these factors can contribute to medical errors and patient harm. Historically disruptive and
Tracking change with quality improvement efforts requires establishing clear data definitions, using a standardized method of data collection, and displaying the data in a manner that generates meaningful information. To begin, in order to determine if improvement has been made, one must establish that a change has occurred and that it has led to improvement.
Clinical Example: It’s a busy night on labor and delivery. Census and acuity are high and the unit is short staffed. Sally, a new nurse, offers to work extra to help out the unit. Despite being overtime and feeling exhausted, she wants to support her colleagues. She is assisting in triage and caring for two