The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Committee has a critical function to develop internal and external policy on quality and safety on behalf of the American Urological Association, its members, and the larger urological community. Although this core mission is vital, there remains a growing interest, need, and opportunity for direct engagement, support, and growth of the science and practice of quality improvement and patient safety by urologists and affiliated health care professionals.
To that end, we are excited to introduce a new section of curated, community-sourced content from the American Urological Association. The Engage with Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (E-QIPS) section will cultivate quality improvement and patient safety projects from members of the urological community to highlight QIPS accomplishments, foster QIPS growth, encourage collaboration, and elevate urological care.
We encourage all those in the urological community (physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, researchers, patient advocacy groups, etc.) to contribute to future E-QIPS Guides and Works-in-Progress.
The E-QIPS Guides section provide a concise, step-by-step outline of proven urological practice improvement strategies that you can replicate and apply to your practice to potentially increase safety, efficacy, and efficiency of patient care.
- Using Lean Methodology to Increase Clinic Efficiency
This project used process mapping to identify waste in the current clinic flows to devise improvements in order to improve upon identified waste.
Andrew Harris, MD
The E-QIPS Works-in-Progress section highlights the on-going commitment and involvement of our urological community in QIPS. Here you will find a list of urological practice improvement projects currently in progress that are available for multi-institutional collaboration.
- One Safe Act (OSA)
The “One Safe Act” initiative would generate discussion and dissemination of personal actions and behaviors that promote patient safety. The specific aims are to (1) facilitate interprofessional teaming of staff who work in a shared environment; (2) encourage self- and group-reflection of proactive behaviors done to ensure or promote patient safety; and (3) identify, catalog, and distribute learnings of common or universal proactive safety behaviors that can be adopted across the organization.
Justin B. Ziemba, MD MSEd
PLEASE NOTE: E-QIPS Guides and E-QIPS Works-in-Progress are provided as a service to AUA members and in the interest of publicizing and advancing quality improvement initiatives throughout the urologic community. AUA is not responsible or liable for the veracity, accuracy or timeliness of the information provided in individual E-QIPS Guide or E-QIPS Works-in-Progress submissions. No attempts have been made by the AUA to pre-screen projects, nor verify stated outcomes.
While E-QIPS Guides are intended to encourage best practices, they do not pre-empt physician judgment in individual cases. Treating physicians must take into account variations in resources, and patient tolerances, needs, and preferences. Conformance with any E-QIPS Guide or E-QIPS Work-in-Progress does not guarantee a successful outcome.
An E-QIPS Guide or E-QIPS Work-in-Progress submission may include information or recommendations about certain drug uses (‘off label‘) that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or about medications or substances not subject to the FDA approval process. AUA urges strict compliance with all government regulations and protocols for prescription and use of these substances. The physician is encouraged to carefully follow all available prescribing information about indications, contraindications, precautions and warnings.