Select a diagnostic or procedural topic relevant to patient care that would be suitable for a quality assessment and improvement project. Prepare a two- to three-page paper in which you

· Define the purpose or focus of the assessment process. (Ask: What are we trying to accomplish?)

· Develop at least four key indicators or parameters (performance measures) for the selected topic that provide data to support the purpose or focus of the assessment process. (Ask: What will tell us that a change is an improvement?) Use resources on this topic to help decide which indicators to use. Indicators may include, but are not limited to,

· Admission criteria or suggested population

· Continued-stay review criteria

· History of illness

· Lab values

· Symptomatology or indications for the disease or procedure

· Vital signs

· Medications

· Ongoing monitoring

· Length of stay

· Type of treatment

· Complications or management of care

· Comorbidities

· Management (for example, of therapy or education)

· Discharge planning

Your Clinical Quality Assessment and Improvement paper