Improving Quality And Safety For Patient Safety

1494 Words Jun 30th, 2015 6 Pages
The Role of the Leader in Evaluating Data to Improve Quality and Safety
Patient safety is a growing concern among healthcare professionals and the public (Goh, Chan, & Kuziemsky, 2013). As professional nurses, it is our duty to demonstrate improved safety for our patients, visitors and guests to the facilities in which we serve. It is also our duty to prevent adverse events and to view unfortunate incidents as learning opportunities to achieve a holistic view of patient care. By improving patient safety, we accept responsibility for more positive patient outcomes and a successful hospital stay. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the importance of data evaluation and interpretation to improve patient quality and safety.
Data Overview
A data dashboard was provided. It outlined patient’s falls on a telemetry unit over a period of four months. The data was distributed by day of the week and time of the day. Background information included the average age of the patient is 72.4 years old, each having a cardiac diagnosis. The majority of the patients on the telemetry unit were women. They were each staying in a private room on the unit. 94% of the patients studied were on a diuretic, and 12% of the patients have a secondary diagnosis of confusion or disorientation (Data Dashboard, 2015).
Falls can be devastating to the affected individual but are also expensive to manage. The prevention of falls poses a challenge to healthcare providers. Postural hypotension…
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