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Quality Improvement in Intensive Care Medicine: Leveraging Teamwork to Improve and Optimize Care Delivery
Intensive care medicine involves complex processes and multiple individuals to deliver safe, quality care to patients. Although evidence-based practices are well known, the compliance with such practices is variable, leading to suboptimal results in care delivery. Quality improvement promotes adherence to evidence-based practices by identifying areas of inefficiency in care delivery processes and leveraging teamwork to optimize care delivery and improve overall care outcomes.
Intensive care medicine is complex and involves multiple processes in order to effectively deliver the right care in a timely manner to patients. As such, each process must be optimized to deliver care that is consistently compliant with evidence-based practices. However, a gap exists between knowledge of evidence-based practices and actual adherence to and delivery of such care to patients. Without a deliberate means of closing these gaps to ensure quality care delivery, suboptimal results are inevitable. Addressing barriers to compliance and adherence in clinical practice is a must not only to improve outcomes, but to create a standard of quality in the complex intensive care setting.
This article on the role of teamwork in quality improvement was written by URC's Leighann Kimble and Dr. M. Rashad Massoud for the Journal of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine.
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