Find a policy at a health care organization related to cost controls. (Examples: Fall prevention policies

Prevention of skin breakdown

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections

Central line-associated bloodstream infections

Handwashing

Wound care)


Summarize the details of the policy:

  • When was the policy put in place?
  • Was it adopted system-wide, in one department, or in multiple departments?
  • What does the policy address?
  • What are potential ramifications of not following the policy at the organizational level? Unit level? Individual level?

Explain how the policy impacts fiscal aspects of the organization:

  • How does the policy act as a cost control?

Describe how the policy impacts the quality of patient care:

  • Does the policy improve efficiency?
  • Are the goals to improve care and reduce cost?

Explore the unintended consequences:

  • What secondary affects does the policy have on the organization? Unit? Staff? Patient?
  • Does the policy need revision?

Suggest alternatives to the policy:

  • In your opinion, is the policy the best way to address the issue? Support your position by explaining why or why not.

Cite at least three peer-reviewed sources published within the last five years in an APA-formatted reference page.