Improving Patient Outcomes And Promote Higher Hospital Satisfaction

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In today’s medical society, advancements are constantly being made to improve patient outcomes and promote higher hospital satisfaction. With as much progress that has been made, there are critical errors that can still be found in the medical field that, in turn, cause the lack of reimbursement to a hospital. Through thorough research and evidence based practice, hospitals are able to follow guidelines to prevent issues such as: patient falls, hospital acquired pressure ulcers, catheter associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and many more. As prevention for multiple poor patient outcomes, quality improvement studies can be implemented to promote the wellbeing of the patient during the hospital stay, improve …show more content…

Pressure ulcers are staged rated on severity (stage I- stage IV, stage IV including damage to muscle and possibly joints). The deeper and more severe the pressure ulcer is, the more difficult treating the ulcer can be, costing the hospital more money per patient case. In one study, conducted in the United States, it was found that treatment may cost up to seventy thousand dollars per pressure ulcer in the hospital setting and up to eleven billion dollars annually (Damask, K. 2015). According to the article Drugs & Aging, many patients with severe ulcers, such as a stage three or four, develop chronic wounds that may even result in death as a complication (Jaul, E. 2010). Prevention is the key in regard to pressure ulcers. Therefore, quality improvement research can improve hospital protocols, which may/may not be in place related to pressure ulcers, and improve patient outcomes.
After considering the multitude of characteristics of the assigned unit, a root cause analysis was completed to determine how “at risk” the hospital would be for acquiring another patient pressure ulcer. Root causes analyses are effective in “provid[ing] a tool to identify all the possible causes of the problem not just the obvious ones” which allows for “possible solutions that might not have been previously considered” (Phillips, Simmonds 2013).

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