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Medicina Intensiva

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MARTIN, M.C. et al. Indicators of quality in the critical patient. Med. Intensiva [online]. 2008, vol.32, n.1, pp.23-32. ISSN 0210-5691.

The utility of using quality indicators as a tool to measure the common practice and evaluate efficacy of measures established to improve quality has been demonstrated, making it possible to identify and make known the improvements carried out. The project «Quality indicators in the critical patient» has been conducted by the Spanish Society of Intensive and Critical Medicine (SEMICYUC) under the methodological management of the Foundation Avedis Donabedian (FAD) of Barcelona. Its objective was to develop key indicators in the care of the critical patient, considering the following as added values: reaching an agreement on the quality criteria in these patients and providing the professionals with a potent and reliable instrument for clinical evaluation and management, introducing common evaluation methods that make it possible to unify the measure, making a comparative evaluation (benchmarking), having information that makes it possible to develop quality plans (quantitative, objective, reliable and valid data) and having a system that assures total quality of care to the critical

Palabras clave : quality indicators; critical patient; intensive medicine.

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