Written Assignment 3
Many examples of improvement projects conducted by healthcare organizations can be found in scholarly literature and on the Internet.
Conduct a search using your Thomas Edison State University access to EBSCOhost, ProQuest, and/or the New Jersey State Library. Find an example of each type of project: PDSA, RCI, FOCUS-PDCA, FADE, Lean, Six Sigma, and Lean Six Sigma.
Prepare a 3- to 5-page paper (750 to 1375 words) in which you select one of the projects you found in your research and reflect on the unique situation. Discuss how you determined that it belongs to the project to which you paired it. Describe how the circumstances are being addressed in the project and identify what is similar and different about each project.
Written Assignment 4
Create a charter for an improvement project involving a healthcare process with which you are familiar. Complete as many sections of the charter as possible. Key features that should be included are the AIM statement, problem statement, importance of project, expected outcomes, measure descriptions, risks/barriers, stakeholders, project scope, schedule, and team members.
All sections of the template should be completed based on the project. On the UNC School of Medicine’s Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (https://www.med.unc.edu/ihqi/resources/project-charter/) website, there is a template for the charter, as well as charter examples to reflect upon before completing the project.
Written Assignment 5
Case Study: Wrong Site Surgery
Review the case study and the root causes identified by the team who conducted the root cause analysis. Conduct a literature review and Internet search for corrective actions aimed at preventing wrong site surgeries.
Identify the safety concerns within the case and what role you feel that management and the patient played in violating the safety precautions. To what extent does reliability help to improve these actions and can potentially change the dynamics to prevent them from occurring again? Which of these actions would help prevent a similar event from occurring at the hospital described in critical concept 8.2?
Your paper should be written in APA style, including a title page and references page. Support the research you conduct with a minimum of three in-text citations.
Written Assignment 6
Review the County Health Rankings (http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/) website and explore the health outcomes and health factors data for the county where you reside. Describe one or more population healthcare initiative that could improve health outcomes or reduce factors that affect health outcomes in your county. Create a population healthcare improvement project charter for an initiative in the county where you live. You can find an example in Chapter 7 of the textbook.
Key features that should be included are the AIM statement, problem statement, importance of project, expected outcomes, measure descriptions, risks/barriers, stakeholders, project scope, schedule, and team members. Each of the team members can be fictitious, but their titles should represent your understanding of who would be appropriate for each role. For example, someone from Human Resources would be an appropriate team member.
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