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Clin Nurse Spec. 2002 Jul;16(4):182-6.

Intravascular therapy process improvement in a multihospital system: don't get stuck with substandard care.

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Community Hospitals, Indianapolis, IN 46219, USA. peisenbe@commhospindy.org

Abstract

Using the process of FOCUS PDSA (a quality improvement format), two clinical nurse specialists reviewed the delivery of intravenous care at a multihospital (4-hospital) system. The clinical nurse specialists formed a multi-facility nursing team to lead the assessment, develop a plan, implement changes, and evaluate the process. This process reflects the use of clinical nurse specialists as experts in using research-based data, national recommendations, and benchmark data to ultimately improve practice and reduce risks and overall costs. This process allows the clinical nurse specialist to be viewed as an innovator, a project manager, and a program developer in a major system. The clinical nurse specialists were selected to lead this process improvement based on their knowledge and competencies in the specific area of intravenous therapy.

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12172487
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