Patient assessment protocols and checklists have been shown to significantly benefit the patients through patient valuation procedure standardization, which ensures that everyone receives the same care regardless of who is performing the evaluation. Thus, the use of checklists and protocols has been clearly demonstrated to improve patient outcomes and their use is strongly encouraged. Still, the implementation of protocols and guidelines has been a challenge for many medical institutions because of health care provider organizational structure or lack of appropriate tools.
Physicians usually design the protocols in advance to ensure proper care and treatment of their patients. This work saves considerable time for both the provider and the patient receiving care. Predefined protocols can save physicians up to 30 minutes a day, which allows them to be active elsewhere. Importantly, clinical care protocols provide a clear audit trail, which can be used to quickly spot anything unusual and any decline in performance, as well as a real-time insight into where improvements are needed. All these data can then be shared with commissioners and regulators.
As figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show, the NHS paid out more than 1 billion pounds last year in settlements to patients and their relatives for clinical negligence claims. The number of claimants has risen by 80% since 2008. By following the right clinical approach and putting correct assessment system in place, many of these could be avoided. Protocols are beneficial for the patients as well, as they can improve the patient’s experience by offering an opportunity to involve them in co-designing their own care pathways early on.
Tips on how to create a useful protocol
A good protocol thoroughly and specifically describes what is to be done. It should guide the healthcare provider through the procedure step-by-step. Consistency in protocol performance is critical, especially if a patient requires a follow-up; when accurate, reproducible results are mandatory. When the most essential protocols and guidelines for the practice are being developed, engagement of the whole team is recommended.
However, creating protocols is demanding. It takes several healthcare professionals to produce safe protocols, and even then, it takes several rounds of review and needs to be updated annually. This helps to ensure that protocols follow current guidelines or best practices and accurately reflect the procedure as currently performed. Ideally, archived protocols should be in a protected form that minimizes the possibility of being tampered with. As noted, a facility’s protocol is a written record of expected care for a patient and might be important documentation in a negligence claim.
Why MESI Protocol?
Using MESI Protocol enables healthcare institutions to create and implement patient assessment protocols across the organization completely hassle-free. Below is a list of advantages the Protocol application offers to the users:
1. Creating a protocol:
- wide range of measurement types available
- intuitive interface
- easy editable protocol forms
- administrative control over protocols (protection against tampering)
2. Implementing a protocol:
- detailed step-by-step guidance
- performing measurements directly within the protocol
- ability to skip individual steps
3. Reviewing a protocol:
- transparent measurement reviewing
- all measurements and other parameters are automatically stored to the patient record (MESI mRECORDS)
- possibility of saving, sharing, or printing the measurement report
How to use it?
Watch videos below to see how intuitive using MESI Protocol really is!
Patient assessment protocols should be incorporated into systems to help practitioners provide the best evidence-based care to their patients. They provide a clear structure and therefore added confidence for clinical management. They also provide a written record of the expected care to be presented to a patient.
Improve patient outcomes with tailor-made protocols.