QUALITY AND SAFETY ISSUES 3
Qualityand Safety Issues
Qualityand Safety Issues
Theprovision of quality and safe services in healthcare comes as one ofthe most fundamental goals in the contemporary human society. Indeed,this is the only way that health institutions can ensure thesatisfaction of the patients, as well as their quick recovery.Perhaps one of the most crucial quality and safety issue is theprevalence of improper diagnostics in the healthcare facilities.Proper diagnosis goes a long way in enhancing the effectiveness ofparticular forms of treatment and allows for enhanced treatmentoutcomes in both the short-term and the long-term (Sollecito&Johnson,2013).
Keydata that is used in measuring or identifying this quality issue isthe number of patients that are effectively treated and the length oftime that it taken for this to happen. Further, it may be imperativethat data pertaining to the number of misdiagnosed cases is explored. In addressing the quality issue, it is imperative that thepracticum change project determines the causes of the misdiagnosis. More often than not the problem emanates from poor coordination andthe improper or inefficient communication networks within thehealthcare facility (Healy&Dugdale2009).Once these predisposing factors have been identified, it becomesimperative that proper measures are taken to enhance serviceprovision. This would include the provision of proper training to thehealth practitioners so as to ensure that quick and efficientservices are provided. It may be acknowledged that more often thannot, misdiagnosis emanates from lack of proper training on thesubject matter (McLaughlin&Kaluzny, 2006).In addition, it is imperative that EMR (Electronic Medical Records)are established in the facility so as to allow for enhanced sharingof information. With the EMR in place, it would be easy for theinformation pertaining to the comprehensive history of the patientsto be accessed and used in making diagnosis on the present-dayailments (Healy, 2013).
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