Re: List of policies for an operating theatre
In Reply to Parent Post by maxim
I have started compiling a list of policies for an operating theatre. I would like to know if there is a minimum requirement for policies that a hospital must develop and implement for this type of service.
It is not normally our practice at the Cove to send visitors to other sites, but in this case, I think you would do well to visit and maybe even become a regular visitor to the following site I have been a member of for a number of years:
This is the home page of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an organization dedicated to
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement believes that everyone deserves safe and effective health care, and we have been working with health care providers and leaders throughout the world to fulfill that promise. An independent not-for profit-organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IHI focuses on motivating and building the will for change; identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals; and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations.
In today’s rapidly evolving health care environment, IHI responds to the interests of those committed to sustaining good health and improving health care delivery systems. We are building on our long history as a trusted source for innovation and collaboration—always seeking others who want to work with us to test new ideas and implement better processes for caregivers on the front lines. We mobilize teams, organizations and, increasingly, nations. We aim to inspire and train the current and future health care workforce to be skilled agents of change – to improve care at home, in the community, in the office practice, and throughout the hospital: in the outpatient clinic, on the medical-surgical floor, in the intensive care unit, and in the emergency department.
Following is a typical introduction to the topic of surgical care which really starts to address the question you pose.
The four primary areas of focus in transforming medical-surgical care include: Safety and Reliability; Care Team Vitality; Patient-Centered Care; and Increased Value. These four improvement areas serve as a framework for organizing and focusing the work, but in fact they are highly interdependent. Working in one area can produce positive change in another. IHI believes that by working in all four categories simultaneously, care teams will produce truly transformative results in medical-surgical care.
Here in the Cove, we have many folks who can help you with the nuts and bolts of applying metrics to your improvement activities so you can measure the value you receive from each action and thereby evaluate whether more or less effort in a particular area of improvement may deliver more efficiency and effectivity.
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Last edited by Wes Bucey; 23rd February 2011 at 06:11 PM.