Partners advancing clinical excellence

building professional councils for quality improvement at six community hospitals.

Julie Ann Sakowski, Lynda Hooper, Thomas Holton, Abraham A. Brody

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Abstract

Engaging bedside clinicians, especially nurses, is essential for the success of sustainable process improvement programs and thus for improving the quality of health care. Studies have shown that properly implemented professional councils can be effective in engaging and empowering bedside clinicians to create lasting and meaningful improvements. This case study describes a 5-year program to implement and operate staff-led councils to lead evidence-based practice (EBP) quality improvement initiatives at 6 community hospitals. The outcomes presented in this case study demonstrate that staff-led councils have the potential to improve patient safety and quality of care as evidenced by observed reductions in ventilator-associated pneumonias, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and mortality from acute myocardial infarction and severe sepsis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-186
Number of pages10
JournalCreative nursing
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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Quality of Health Care
Community Hospital
Quality Improvement
Nurse Clinicians
Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Evidence-Based Practice
Patient Safety
Sepsis
Myocardial Infarction
Mortality
Infection

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Partners advancing clinical excellence : building professional councils for quality improvement at six community hospitals. / Sakowski, Julie Ann; Hooper, Lynda; Holton, Thomas; Brody, Abraham A.

In: Creative nursing, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2012, p. 177-186.

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