Quality Improvement Plan Part II
Quality improvement is a hospitals process to advance the quality of care and outcomes for patients using an explicit set of philosophies and procedures (Walker, 2012). This paper attempts to describe some of the areas of potential advances for quality improvement at Washington County Regional Medical Center (WCRMC) nursing unit. One principle of quality improvement is measurement, which is the collection of data to improve patient care. Using these measurements and tools can help leaders understand the direction of quality in the organization.
Areas of Potential Improvement for the Organization.
The areas of consideration for improvement at WCRMC are emergency room wait times and discharge instructions. Both of these improvement areas have financial and influence for the health care organization. Emergency room wait times can reduce the market share and financial stability of the health care organization. Discharge instruction if given appropriately by the nursing staff can reduce the readmission rate for WCRMC, along with financial gain and improve the satisfaction of the patient experience. These are just of couple of measures WCRMC can use to align the mission of the organization and the commitment of improving performance. There are several models and tools for collecting data.
There are several models for collecting data in the health care organization determining the method is responsibility of the organization. One model is the Plan, Do, Study, Act cycle (PDSA), which focuses on three questions and is probably the s