Deer Lodge Medical Center Performance Improvement
Core Measures are national performance measurements that indicate how well
a hospital is able meet standards of treatment that when provided to patients
result in proven benefits. Currently we are monitoring Core Measures for
patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and
for Surgical Infection Prevention. These measurements are now widely publicized
at major web sites sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) and the Joint Accreditation of Hospitals and Healthcare
Chronic Care Initiative
The Chronic Care Model identifies the essential elements of a health care
system that encourage high-quality chronic disease care. These elements
are the community, the health system, self-management support, delivery
system design, decision support and clinical information systems. Evidence-based
change concepts under each element, in combination, foster productive
interactions between informed patients who take an active part in their
care and providers with resources and expertise. The model can be applied
to a variety of chronic illnesses, health care settings and target populations.
The bottom line is healthier patients, more satisfied providers, and cost savings.
Safety & Risk Management (SRM)
Event reporting continues to be our most important tool to evaluate and
recognize performance on day-to-day basis. These reports are reviewed
100% at the Risk Management level and by each Division Head and Department
manager. Actionable items are identified at the organizational and local
level based upon safety, risk and potential for harm.
Rapid Response (RRT)
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) are convinced that a remarkably
few proven interventions, implemented on a wide enough scale, can save
100,000 lives over the next 18 month, and every year after.
Through our participation in the 100K Lives Campaign, we have begun to
develop a Rapid Response Team. The purpose of the Rapid Response Team
(RRT) is to provide early support to clinicians who may have concerns
about a patient because of subtle or overt changes in condition. Currently
we are piloting this effort on the Medical Surgical Unit during the day shift.