Dawna J. Krause
National American University
Abstract The focus of this paper is on the study of continuous quality improvement (CQI) as it is applied to the Joint Commission national safety goals. Particularly the use of medications safely goal (NPSG.03.06.01), this goal reads: record and pass along correct information about the client’s medicines. Find out what medications they are taking, compare them to new medications that they are prescribed and make sure the client knows what to take. By having a more up to date electronic medical record and charting system we can improve the client care within the home. Often the information that is needed is back in the office or another nurse is caring for the client than normal would. In this paper it is of importance that we resolve this problem with a more efficient electronic record to better care for our client’s each and every time we are in the home whether our own client or one of a fellow nurse we are helping out.
CQI Research Paper
Improving quality healthcare services requires strengthening various elements of the services we provide for our clients. One of these is how we store and receive information about our clients (AlNotee, 2003). By using health informatics, we can do just that. Health informatics gives us the knowledge and the skills that we need to collect, manage and share information in the healthcare system as well as promote our clients health (AlNotee, 2003). We can use the continuous quality improvement (CQI) model to help us get what we need to improve client care.
In the CQI process, we need to plan, do, study and act on whatever it is we are trying to improve (Statit, 2007). In this case, we are trying to improve our charting system to involve less use of paper and more online charting so that all the pertinent information is right at our fingertips each time we are in a client’s home doing their cares. The first step of the
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