Quality Improvement (QI) Assessment Assignment

Quality Improvement (QI) Assessment Assignment

QI Assessment One

Assignment: Write a 5–7-page comprehensive analysis on an adverse event or near-miss from your professional nursing experience that you or a peer experienced. Integrate research and data on the event and use as a basis to propose a quality improvement (QI) initiative in your current organization.


Adverse Event: Pediatric  IV Site infiltration and extravasation. 3 month old infant with right hand IV site running IV fluids. Patient had been fussy all evening and was finally sleeping comfortably swaddled. Patient was preparing to be discharged after rounds in the AM. During hourly rounds patient was not unwrapped to assess IV site for several hours (approx.. 4 hours). Quality Improvement (QI) Assessment Assignment . IV site not assessed when Antibiotic (Vancomycin) was added on a secondary port of the same line to run for 30 minutes  IV pump began to alarm about 10 minutes later waking mother and child and when baby was unwrapped the IV site was hard, red and swollen with discoloration to the fingers. The dressing was constricting circulation as well.  This was a result of the primary nurse not following policy of IV site checks hourly during infusions and before and after each medication given. Patient was harmed. IV site was discontinued and patient was treated for cellulitis which resulted in an additional 3 day hospital stay. Quality Improvement (QI) Assessment Assignment

This is an example picture of what the above scenario would look like in real life.

Grading Criteria:  The numbered points below correspond to grading criteria in the scoring guide. The bullets below each grading criterion further delineate tasks to fulfill the assessment requirements. Be sure that your Adverse Event or Near-miss Analysis addresses all of the content below. You may also want to read the scoring guide to better understand the performance levels that relate to each grading criterion. Quality Improvement (QI) Assessment Assignment

  1. Analyze the missed steps or protocol deviations related to an adverse event or near miss.
    • Describe how the event resulted from a patient’s medical management rather than from the underlying condition.
    • Identify and evaluate the missed steps or protocol deviations that led to the event.
    • Discuss the extent to which the incident was preventable. Quality Improvement (QI) Assessment Assignment
    • Research the impact of the same type of adverse event or near miss in other facilities.
  2. Analyze the implications of the adverse event or near miss for all stakeholders.
    • Evaluate both short-term and long-term effects on the stakeholders (patient, family, interprofessional team, facility, community). Analyze how it was managed and who was involved.
    • Analyze the responsibilities and actions of the interprofessional team. Explain what measures should have been taken and identify the responsible parties or roles.
    • Describe any change to process or protocol implemented after the incident.
  3. Evaluate quality improvement technologies related to the event that are required to reduce risk and increase patient safety. Quality Improvement (QI) Assessment Assignment
    • Analyze the quality improvement technologies that were put in place to increase patient safety and prevent a repeat of similar events.
    • Determine whether the technologies are being utilized appropriately.
    • Explore how other institutions integrated solutions to prevent these types of events.
  4. Incorporate relevant metrics of the adverse event or near miss incident to support need for improvement.
    • Identify the salient data that is associated with the adverse event or near miss that is generated from the facility’s dashboard. (By dashboard, we mean the data that is generated from the information technology platform that provides integrated operational, financial, clinical, and patient safety data for health care management.)
    • Analyze what the relevant metrics show. Quality Improvement (QI) Assessment Assignment
    • Explain research or data related to the adverse event or near miss that is available outside of your institution. Compare internal data to external data.
  5. Outline a quality improvement initiative to prevent a future adverse event or near miss.
    • Explain how the process or protocol is now managed and monitored in your facility.
    • Evaluate how other institutions addressed similar incidents or events.
    • Analyze QI initiatives developed to prevent similar incidents, and explain why they are successful. Provide evidence of their success.
    • Propose solutions for your selected institution that can be implemented to prevent future adverse events or near-miss incidents.
  6. Communicate analysis and proposed initiative in a professional and effective manner, writing content clearly and logically with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  7. Integrate relevant sources to support arguments, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style. Quality Improvement (QI) Assessment Assignment

Additional Submission Requirements

  • Length of submission: A minimum of five but no more than seven double-spaced, typed pages.
  • Number of references: Cite a minimum of three sources (no older than seven years, unless seminal work) of scholarly or professional evidence that support your evaluation, recommendations, and plans.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA (6th edition) style and formatting.

Quality Improvement (QI) Assessment Assignment