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COVER STORY COMPONENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL


AGENDA


Consider safety, accountability and performance improvement


BY ROBERT KURTZ


W


hile it might appear as just a few lines in a document, the agenda for the quality assurance and perfor- mance improvement (QAPI) portion of Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center’s (ROSC) medical executive committee (MEC) meetings serves several impor- tant purposes, says Andria Barnes, RN, quality manager for the Raleigh, North Carolina, ASC.


“It allows the committee to know ahead of time the items that will be dis- cussed and provides a guideline for the flow of the meeting,” Barnes says. “It provides a template that helps me pre- pare reports and data for the meeting. And it allows committee members to prepare questions or concerns they have on those items.”


When developing QAPI agendas


for Vidant SurgiCenter in Greenville, North Carolina, the ASC’s quality nurse specialists—Jennifer Ange, RN, and Linda Nimmo, RN—always keep a few goals in mind. “We are working to fos- ter a culture of patient safety, account- ability and performance improvement,” says Ange, who is also the ASC’s peri- operative nurse supervisor. “We want


Engaged employees increase productivity, help build a strong safety culture and enhance the patient experience.”


— Linda Nimmo, RN Vidant SurgiCenter


to encourage collaboration between the medical staff and team members around excellence in quality and the experience for patients. Finally, we want to provide a platform in which our performance is continuously monitored by reviewing processes and outcomes.”


While the routine discussion about QAPI-related issues at its quarterly MEC meetings helps Peninsula Ortho- paedic Associates (POA) Surgery Cen- ter in Salisbury, Maryland, maintain its accreditation, the items covered on the QAPI agenda provide the center with helpful direction, says Linda Bayline, RN, the ASC's administrator. “This pro- vides us with an opportunity to more


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closely analyze our data to see if there are opportunities for improvement or to conduct studies that will help us identify changes we should undertake.”


Components to Consider for Your Agenda


ASCs developing a QAPI agenda should consider covering the following:


Fire and safety—Expect to see this report on all of ROSC's QAPI agendas. “Safety is the most important aspect of patient care,” Barnes says. “The most common location of a fire within an ASC is the operating room. Due to the sever- ity and risk that would cause to sedated patients, we must be prepared. Report- ing our prevention efforts and possible occurrences to the MEC is essential to avoiding incidents or handling emergen- cies that may occur.”


Infection control—When infections are discussed at POA Surgery Center, the data analyzed comes from the previ- ous quarter, Bayline says. For example, an MEC meeting in May would receive information from the year's first quarter.


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