Quality Improvement Part Ii Essay

1367 Words Aug 5th, 2012 6 Pages

Quality Improvement Plan Part II
Cheryl Wright
University of Phoenix
HCS 588
Cynthia Hughes
July 16, 2012

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
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These efforts are on an individual basis or a group, depending on the complexity of the project (Curran & Totten, 2011).
Lean thinking is another model health care organizations use to put the needs of the patient first. This model is a five-step process focuses on removing waste and improving flow. The patient defines value to the health care organizations in exchange for the delivery of the procedure or treatment in a cost-efficient manner. This model helps to reduce cost for the health care organization while improving the quality of the patient experience (Curran & Totten, 2011).
Six Sigma is a model for improvement, although this model has been around since the 1930s health care organization and business organizations continue to use this model. The main thought behind this model is to reduce variation in the organization process. This reduction in variation will produce a uniform product. The secondary gain for this model is reducing the waste, time, and inventory for the health care organization. These models help health care organization to improve quality care and outcomes for patients. The quality management team will develop data collection tools to succeed in improving quality for the patient and organization (Curran & Totten, 2011).
Data Collection Tools
There are various data collection tools a health care organization can use to collect data to determine the quality of care and outcomes for patients.

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