Executive Summary: A Project for Quality Improvement and Cost Reduction Most of the health care organizations are very much interested in quality improvement activities since they are facing a big competition in the market. Quality improvement activities and the role of nurses in this area are increasing simultaneously. Since nurses are the primary care givers in the hospitals their influence in quality improvement is remarkable. Quality improvement is a formal method to bring the service to the next level with the aim of overall health of the organization (Public Health Foundation, 2012).
Here, the author is making an executive summary to the hospital board for the approval of specialized bed which prevents bed sore and provide other safety features for the patients. The safety features include bed exit alarm on fall risk patients, automatic weight scale on the bed, nurse communication and able to help the patient turn from side to side. The hospital acquired sores and falls are the number one expenditure for the hospitals. Since these beds will benefits the patients, hospital as well as the caregivers.
This summary will include the purpose of the program, the target population and benefits, cost of the project and the basis upon the program will be evaluated. The Purpose of the Program The purpose of this program is to improve safety and quality in patients, caregivers and the cost reduction for the hospitals. It is the responsibility for the hospitals and every person who care for the patients is to protect the safety of the patients and the staffs. The manager and the leader play a vital role in this program. The main compliant from the care givers are the back pain from turning the patients.
These specialized beds will help to turn side to side, high to low. These beds perform automatic weight check for the patient and make the surface according to the weight of the patients. Another highlight of this bed is we can able to make bed alarms according to the patient conditions. These alarms will bring the staff to the room immediately avoid falls. Over all the main aim for this project is to improve the outcome of the patients, staffs and the hospitals from quality improvement and cost reduction. The Target Population and the benefits of the program Target population is very important when planning for a project submission.
The target populations consist of patients with bedsores, patients who are bed bound for long time, all high risk patients for skin break down, obese patients and fall risk patients. Caregivers are other target populations. The benefits of this project will be received by the patients, caregivers and the hospital. Patients with respiratory distress will benefit from propped up positions. Special positioning helps for airway clearance for pneumonia and emphysema patients.
The high risk for skin break down patients will benefits from pressure reduction surface of the bed. The fall risk patients will benefit’s from bed exit alarms. . One to one sitters are big cost for the most of the hospitals. These bed alarms will reduce the use of one to one sitters and the hospital will benefits from paying for an extra staff. For the smooth running of the facility care givers need to be taken care off. These beds give an extra hand to the caregivers. The risk of injury rise when they lift and move the obese and contracted patients.
According to the hospital employ health reports most of the work related injuries are back and shoulder hurts from patient lift. These products will help the caregivers from work related injuries and protect their health as well (Hill-Rom, 2012). The Cost or Budget Justification According to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) report 2. 5 million patients per year are affected with pressure sores in the hospitals. The pressure sores cost $ 9. 1 billion to $11. 6 billion per year in the United States.
There are greater than 17, 000 lawsuits are reported annually related to pressure ulcer. Approximately 60, 000 people die from the direct outcome of pressure ulcer every year (AHRQ, 2011). This project will take $1 million to $1. 5 million expense approximately for the initiation. However 40% of the yearly cost reduction could be accomplished once this project executed. The Basis of the Program Evaluated According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a current evaluation is a needed for the systematic way of improvement for the project under taken (CDC, 2012).
In this case an evidence based research should be used to evaluate the outcome of the project. This should be an evidence based record for the prevention of pressure ulcers, hospital falls, work related injuries for the caregivers and the cost reduction for the organization. The evidenced based research should show the benefits of the program and that will outweigh the expenses of the project. Conclusion This paper had discussed an executive summary of quality improvement project for the implementation of specialized hospital beds in the unit.
The summary included the purpose of the program, target population, benefits and cost of the project. Finally, the evaluation based on the basis is also mentioned. To bring this quality improvement project in to action is really be determined by the support of the employers, managers and administrators. Many state and federal agencies, stakeholders and quality improvement agencies could support financially to accomplish this project. Over all patient safety and satisfaction should be the number one priority for the organizations.