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Special HiQuiPs Post – Choosing Wisely Canada and Quality Improvement

In Education & Quality Improvement, HiQuiPsby Ahmed TaherLeave a Comment

Welcome to another HiQuiPs post! This is the first in a series of posts highlighting Choosing Wisely, an international movement that addresses unnecessary tests and treatments, which has spurred many local, national, and international QI initiatives.  In our last post, we discussed variation in the efficiency of medical processes and how this can be attributed to random or non-random (special cause) variation. Variation can be seen throughout different processes in the ED. For …

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HiQuips: Variation and Quality Improvement Processes

In Education & Quality Improvement, HiQuiPsby Ahmed TaherLeave a Comment

Welcome to another HiQuiPs post, where we discuss the concept of variability and its relation to QI processes. You are finishing another busy shift in the ED, and you notice that wait times have increased, patient beds are now set up in the hallway, and extra team members have been called in to help. You are frustrated with the length of time it takes to get routine blood work back on your patients. …

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Flow Hacks 10 – An ED Model of Care©.

In Education & Quality Improvement, FLOW Hacksby Laila NasserLeave a Comment

To continue our FLOW Hacks series, Mary Van Osch (RN, MSN, ENC) discusses her team’s new Emergency Department Model of Care (ED MOC ©) at Fraser Health in British Columbia.  Setting The model was implemented at Fraser Health in British Columbia, across 12 emergency departments (ED) with a total of 720,000 visits per year. Description of Innovation The ED MOC © was developed at Fraser Health by the Emergency Network core team after …

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HiQuiPs: Quality Improvement Projects and Patient Reported Measures

In Education & Quality Improvement, HiQuiPsby Ahmed TaherLeave a Comment

You are about to start a Quality Improvement (QI) project in your ED. You have noted that clinicians are being interrupted frequently by patient questions about the ED process and non patient care related inquiries. You have read previously that emergency physicians were being interrupted an average of 9.7 times per hour and may result in a break in tasks, which may lead to negative patient safety implications.​1–3​ You have set up a …