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Quality Improvement Clinical Tools

The quality improvement (QI) clinical tools were compiled by the Health Quality Patient Safety (HQPS) Committee to facilitate collaboration among teams developing interventions to improve inpatient care.  The tools have been implemented in a variety of clinical settings and include order sets, guidelines, templates, and worksheets.  The resulting library does not imply endorsement by HQPS or SHM.  

Each tool includes a cover sheet that includes the following information to help you select the tool best suited to the needs of your institution:

  1. Title
  2. Purpose
  3. Submitting author
  4. Institution
  5. E-mail contact information
  6. Tool Format -- paper-based or computer-based
  7. Tips on using the tool
  8. Important pitfalls

QI tools by themselves do not lead to improvement. Rather, interventions must be embedded in care processes within a particular care setting. Development of any strategy to improve care must tailor the specific intervention to the people and work processes affected.


QI Clinical Tools Listing

Acute myocardial infarction

Anticoagulation

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease/Asthma

Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Discharge Planning

Geriatric Care

Glycemic Control

Heart Failure

Information Management & Patient Education

Multidisciplinary Admission History and Physical Assessment

Pre-Operative Evaluation and Perioperative Management

Sickle Cell Pain Crisis

Skin and Wound Care

Urinary Infections

VTE Prophylaxis


Submit A Tool

Please submit your Quality Improvement Tool to share with the Hospital Medicine Community.  Submissions must include a one page cover sheet detailing the information below.  HQPS will review submission and determine if appropriate for inclusion on the website. 

  1. Title
  2. Purpose
  3. Submitting author
  4. Institution
  5. E-mail contact information
  6. Tool Format -- paper-based or computer-based
  7. Tips on using the tool
  8. Important pitfalls

E-mail submissions to: HQPS@hospitalmedicine.org 

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