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Implementation of a QMS according to 9001 standard in a hospital in the home unit.

Implementation of a QMS according to 9001 standard in a hospital in the home unit.

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Changes and achievements

Matilde Rodrı ´guez-Cerrillo, Eddita Ferna ´ndez-Dı ´az,

Amaia In ˜urrieta-Romero and Ana Poza-Montoro

Hospital at Home Unit, Department of Medicine, Hospital Clı ´nico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain

 

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe changes and results obtained after implementation of a quality management system (QMS) according to ISO standards in a Hospital in the Home (HIH) Unit.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper describes changes made and outcomes achieved. This took part in the HiH Unit, Clinico Hospital, Madrid, Spain, and looked at admissions, mean stay, patient satisfaction, adverse events, returns to hospital, no admitted referrals, complaints, compliance to protocols, equipment failures and resolution of urgent consultations.

Findings – In June 2008, HiH Unit, Clinico Hospital obtained ISO certification. The main results achieved are as follows. There was an increase in patients’ satisfaction – in June 2008, assessment of the quality of care provided by staff was scored at 4.7 (on a scale of 1 to 5); in 2010 it has been scored at 4.96. Patient satisfaction rate has increased from 92 percent to 98.8 percent. No complaints from patients were received. Unscheduled returns to hospital have decreased from 7 percent to 3 percent. There were no medical equipment failures. External suppliers’ performance has improved. Material and medication needed by staff was available when necessary. The number of admissions has increased. Compliance to protocols has reached 97 percent. Inappropriate referrals have decreased by 8 percent. Six medications-related incidents were detected; in two cases the incident was not due to an error. In the other four cases error could have been detected before reaching the patient.

Originality/value – Implementations of an ISO quality management system allow improved quality of care and patient satisfaction in a HIH Unit.

 

Keywords Hospital in the Home, Quality care, ISO standard, Patient care, ISO 9000 series, Hospitals, Spain Paper type Research paper

 

 
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