NUR 440 Quality/Safety in HC Essay Assignment
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Quality and Safety Core Elective
Patient Safety and Cost
Lisa Anderson is a 74-year-old female with a history of osteoporosis. She is a widow and lives alone in a two-story home. Mrs. Anderson is retired and depends on her Social Security income. She takes pride in making all her own food from scratch. While she is walking at the hospital today, Mrs. Anderson falls and fractures her left hip. She is transported to the OR for immediate surgery.
Patient falls are a serious problem in hospitals, resulting in substantial morbidity, mortality, increased length of stay, and higher costs. It is estimated that high hospitalization rates in healthcare organizations result from patient falls. Fall rates in acute-care hospitals have been measured between 2.2 and 7 falls per 1,000 admissions. Injuries occur in approximately 30% of falls, and severe injuries occur in 4% to 6% of falls. Patient falls increase the cost of patient care. It was found that patients who fell and were injured as a result of a fall had $4,233 higher charges and a length of stay (LOS) of 12.3 days.
Provide an example of something in your current facility that is increasing the cost of care in your organization. How is it being controlled, or how could it be controlled? Make sure to provide some ideas of what could be done better to improve care and outcomes.
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|The essay has no spelling or punctuation errors and very few grammatical errors. Very well written and excellent use of professional nursing language.||The essay has a few punctuation or spelling errors. Few grammatical errors that don’t affect meaning. Well written and use of professional nursing language is acceptable.||The essay has some punctuation or spelling errors. Some grammatical errors but generally don’t affect meaning. Language is satisfactory overall but use of more appropriate professional nursing language is required.||The essay has numerous punctuation or spelling errors. Numerous grammatical errors that affect meaning. Language used is unprofessional and not appropriate for professional nursing use.|
|Essay Organization and Formatting||Relevant sections are included, and each is organized effectively. Formatting is professional and consistent and includes all required elements.||Relevant sections are included but could be a little better organized. Formatting is acceptable and/or one or two required elements are missing.||Relevant sections are included but organization could be improved. Formatting is inconsistent and/or many elements are missing or not formatted appropriately.||Sections are missing and/or poorly organized. Formatting is messy and unprofessional.|
|Essay content/relevance/Thinking||Essay content is relevant, comprehensive and detailed. Thinking and ideas are presented clearly, are engaging and thorough.||Essay content is relevant and sufficient. Thinking and ideas are clear but could be expanded to be more thorough.||Essay content is fairly relevant, basic and/or thinking and ideas lack some clarity and depth.||Essay content is very irrelevant, basic and thinking and ideas are superficial and lack clarity.|
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