Essay about Surgical Care Improvement

1175 WordsSep 26, 20105 Pages
Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is an evolutionary step in the nursing model of excellence in professional practice. A healthcare culture focused on excellence and world-class patient care requires that nursing research and EBP are integrated into the professional practice model and nursing care delivery. (Promoting Evidence-Based Practice and Translational Research, July-September, 2010) In 1999, The Joint Commission together with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), focused on potential safety areas for hospitals that were Joint Commission Accredited. On July 1, 2002, data for several core measure improvement projects were set including the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP). For specific procedures,…show more content…
(Booth, Evidence-based nursing: The SCIP core measures: A dizzying array of issues, 2009). As physicians become more accountable and as the public has more access to the data that hospitals are reporting nurses will eventually find themselves speaking directly to patients about the SCIP core measure set. Through the media the public is gaining more and more information on a hospital’s quality performance scores. “There will be a day in the not too distant future that patients will specifically ask the nurse, "Are my prophylactic antibiotics being discontinued within 24 hours?" or "I was on a preoperative beta-blocker and I notice that I haven't had this drug reordered." (Booth, Evidence-based nursing: The SCIP core measures: A dizzying array of issues, 2009). Getting everyone up to speed on the SCIP core measure set can feel like flying in a strong headwind. (Booth, Evidence-based nursing: The SCIP core measures: A dizzying array of issues, 2009). Clinical nurses are part of this cutting-edge environment that is centered on patients and families, and they contribute to the design and delivery of quality initiatives. (Promoting Evidence-based Practice and Translational Research, July-September, 2010). It's imperative that nurses have a good understanding of the role they play in implementing and in satisfying the SCIP measure and they take an active role in staff education. Partners in SCIP believe that a
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