The Role of the Leader in Evaluating Data to Improve Quality and Safety

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The Role of the Leader in Evaluating Data to Improve Quality and Safety
Mary Slaton
Walden University
Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Health Care
NURS 4021-9
Dr. Merilyn Long
May 17, 2013

The Role of the Leader in Evaluating Data to Improve Quality and Safety

Quality and Safety has been recognized as important issues in creating the delivery of effective and responsive health care. To improve Quality and Safety the leader must analyze data and interpret the information to develop a system for clinical performance by motivating, supervising, and develop a problem solving approach to deal with system of medical errors. The purpose of this paper is to inform the reader of the role of the leader in evaluating data to improve
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A fall risk assessment is helpful because it reviews the patient’s psychological status, identifies the need for assistive personnel, ability to performs activities of daily living and general physical status, including incontinence, and pain assessment needs to be done on every patient admitted to the hospital. The assessment would include four levels of risk factors, level one would deal with confusion, and sedation, level two would address altered elimination, and history of falls, level three risk factor is mobility and level four deals with dizziness and vertigo. Risk factor points will be assigned to each level and then a plan for those that score a three or higher will be implemented. Bed alarms are designed to signal nursing staff that a patient is getting out of bed and has been used as a tool to prevent falls (Hubbartt, 2011). Bed alarm types include systems built into hospital beds, portable systems that include use of a sensor pad and a monitor alarm. Bed alarms work well for patients with cognitive impairments and those who cannot be constantly supervised and can reduce the use of physical restraints. Staff needs education about the importance of not relying on one intervention to prevent falls and training on fall prevention assessment and bed alarms. Staff can prevent falls by familiarizing the patient with the environment, demonstrating the use of the call light and stressing the important of having the call light within reach, keep hospital beds

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