A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO QUALITY IMPROVEMENT FOR BURN CARE in Low-Resourced Settings
Example: Richard formulated the following aim for his project on pain control during dressing changes:
This first sentence gives a concise goal of the project, but it could have been more specific in describing what to change, e.g. prescription of medication, guidelines, training (see Richard’s 5 Why’s in Step 3).
Precise measurements at baseline and to aim for.
Clear time frame.
• Pain control should improve in burn patients from 20% to 80% between October, 2019 and February, 2020.
• It is a project that is aimed at ensuring that all patients with burn wounds are assessed properly and given adequate pain control to promote cooperation, proper wound care and facilitate wound healing process.
• This is in line with the objective of the surgical department which is to provide specialised individualised quality care to all patients in the department.
Identifies the results of the project on the pain control measurements but also the wider impact on patients and care.
This consideration means hospital policies and management will support the change. Richard is a senior nurse and involved in policy meetings. Make sure while designing your project that you consider what is achievable within your position at work.
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