A Comprehensive Approach Towards Quality and Safety in Diagnostic Imaging Services: Our Experience at a Rural Tertiary Health Care Center TC10-TC16
Dr. Viral Patel,
Associate Professor, Department of Radiodiagnosis, Pramukhswami Medical College and Shree Krishna Hospital,
Anand-388325, Gujarat, India.
Introduction: An organizationís transformation from imple-mentation of small, distinct Quality Improvement (QI) efforts to complete incorporation of Quality Improvement Program (QIP) into its culture occurs through a process of churning the foundational elements over time.
Aim: To develop a quality culture across the employees, identify measurable indicators and various tools to impart effective quality care and develop a learning culture for continuous quality improvement in the field of imaging services.
Materials and Methods: To establish a QIP, the bare minimum requirement started with forming a quality committee. The committee identified the areas of improvement and ascertaining the core principle of Quality Management System (QMS) by having a Quality Manual, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPís), work-instructions, identification and monitoring of quality indicators and a training calendar. Appropriate tools like formatted daily registers, periodic check lists, run charts etc., were developed to collect the data followed by multiple PDSA cycles (Plan, Do, Study and Act) which helped identify the process bottlenecks, followed by implementing solutions and reanalysis.
Results: A total of 17 measurable key performance indicators were identified from the four major quality tasks namely Safety, Process Improvement, Professional Outcome and Satisfaction, to assess the performance measures and targets of QIP.
Conclusion: Diagnostic services should evaluate how to choose the most appropriate method and develop a comprehensive QIP to meet the needs of the staff and the end users, thus, creating a working environment, where people constitutes the intrinsic value in attaining the ultimate quality and safety.