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Using Clinical Pathways to Review and Improve Our Care
Our clinical pathways assist nurses, doctors, therapists, dietary staff and the entire care team by outlining established protocols of care to follow for patients with similar diagnoses. Customized electronic patient records give us a common tool to monitor care and help keep all of us focused on similar care goals and outcomes.
What are clinical pathways?
Clinical pathways – sometimes called care maps – are plans of best clinical practice for patients with a specific diagnosis. These pathways are evidence-based and patient-centered to best guide the delivery of high quality care. Our clinical pathways help us standardize certain care practices to reduce variability in care, improve efficiency and ultimately improve outcomes – like a patient going home after rehabilitation.
Clinical pathways are more than just a set of tools – they are an important indicator of the care a patient is likely to be provided. Clinical pathways are, in essence, a guide to help keep patients and their families informed of what type of care to expect.
How do we use clinical pathways?
To monitor patients undergoing care for specific diagnoses such as:
- Heart Failure
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
- Wound Care