Improving Healthcare Within The Realm Of Healthcare

984 WordsSep 6, 20164 Pages
Outcomes are used to evaluate care within the realm of healthcare. Advances in quality of care are related to feedback, which is performed in quality improvement (QI). According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2011), “quality improvement consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of targeted patient groups” (p. 1). With the desire for excellence, QI is an essential component to the advances in quality healthcare. QI is versatile, for it can be applied to various scenarios, such as a plan of care for ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention. Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a hospital-acquired condition that is currently not on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) list of non-payment hospital-acquired infections (CMS, 2015). However, the thought of adding VAP to the list occurred in past discussion by CMS (CMS, 2008). This may change when there is an improved definition with clearer inclusion criteria that is currently being constructed by the CDC (Klompas et al., 2014). Nonetheless, the goal is to prevent hospital-acquired illnesses, such as VAP. After performing a review of care interventions for the prevention of VAP, a collaborative team between the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Hospital Association, the
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