Friday, September 04, 2009

ER performance measures

This is a list generated by the National Quality Forum. Although it goes beyond the current CMS and JC “core measures” it suffers many of the same weaknesses of today’s performance movement: low hanging fruit items (things we’re already doing well) become documentation games; some listed items are not supported by high level evidence and items are listed that may compete with more important areas of best practice.

I did find it interesting that the list specifies two conditions (VTE and sepsis) for which it implies treatment should be underway before the patient leaves the ER.

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