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Total Quality Management, Continuous Quality/Process Improvement and Ethical Issues:
Week Three Homework

(1) What is the purpose of risk management? Risk management identifies potential risks that could cause injuries to staff and patients in a health care facility. It can be proactive or reactive in terms of preventing risks or minimizing damages after incidents have occurred such as unexpected deaths, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a disease, and mistakes made in surgery.
(2) How is it possible to predict medical injuries? It is not really possible to predict medical injuries, only the likelihood that they can happen based on data collection using various types of analytical tools and statistical procedures, such as
Cincynics for example, to identify factors and health care practices that can lead to litigations which is the most important concern. Conducting risk management self-assessments can also aid in determining where these potential risk are within the organization. (Kavaler and Spiegel. 2003.)
(3) How does the risk management department evaluate itself? According to Kavaler and Spiegel (2003), it uses a Risk Self-Assessment Manual as guide in setting up process and measurement outcomes to evaluate effective risk management programs and planning actions that effect enhance their effectiveness. This should include activities, process measures, outcome measures and action plans. (4) Compare and contrast quality management, total quality management, and continuous quality/process improvement. All three work as a collaboration to achieve the goal of delivering a quality product. In contrast,

quality management is an umbrella system that determines the quality and effectiveness of health care within the organization to include staff. Total quality management focuses on the system not…...

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