In this assignment, you will propose a quality improvement initiative from your place of employment that could easily be implemented if approved. Assume you are presenting this program to the board for approval of funding. Write an executive summary (750-1,000 words) to present to the board, from which the board will make its decision to fund your program or project. Include the following:
1. The purpose of the quality improvement initiative.
2. The target population or audience.
3. The benefits of the quality improvement initiative.
4. The interprofessional collaboration that would be required to implement the quality improvement initiative.
5. The cost or budget justification.
6. The basis upon which the quality improvement initiative will be evaluated.
You are required to cite a minimum of three peer-reviewed sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the last 5 years, appropriate for the assignment criteria, and relevant to nursing practice.
The purpose of this quality improvement initiative is to decrease the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers in patients admitted to our medical-surgical units. The target population for this initiative is all adult patients admitted to the medical-surgical units in our hospital. Pressure ulcers are a significant problem for patients, causing pain, delayed healing, increased length of stay, and increased healthcare costs. Therefore, implementing evidence-based practices to prevent and manage pressure ulcers is essential.
The benefits of this quality improvement initiative are numerous. First, patients will experience a reduction in pain and discomfort associated with pressure ulcers. Second, the length of stay will be reduced, leading to cost savings for patients and healthcare providers. Third, nurses and other healthcare providers will receive education and training to improve their knowledge and skills in preventing and managing pressure ulcers. Finally, the hospital’s reputation will improve as the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers decreases.
Interprofessional collaboration is essential to implement this quality improvement initiative successfully. The initiative will involve nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, wound care specialists, and other healthcare providers working collaboratively to implement evidence-based practices to prevent and manage pressure ulcers. The hospital administration will also be involved in providing resources and support to implement this initiative successfully.
The cost of this initiative will include the cost of staff education and training, wound care supplies, and equipment needed to prevent pressure ulcers, such as pressure-reducing mattresses and cushions. The total cost of this initiative is estimated to be $50,000, which is justified by the potential cost savings associated with reducing the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.
The basis upon which this quality improvement initiative will be evaluated includes the number of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers before and after the implementation of the initiative, patient satisfaction with care, and staff satisfaction with the education and training provided.
In conclusion, this quality improvement initiative to decrease the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers has significant potential benefits for patients, healthcare providers, and the hospital. With interprofessional collaboration and adequate funding, we can successfully implement evidence-based practices to prevent and manage pressure ulcers, leading to improved patient outcomes and cost savings.