As to treatment practices, the patients wanted the postoperative care to be developed further; for example, they suggested removal of sutures and especially the postoperative meeting with the physician should be part of the critical pathway
Most of the team members were unfamiliar with the critical pathway
concept; the educational process was therefore necessary in beginning our work.
Using information from consultation with experts and a review of the literature on critical pathways
and related quality' improvement methods, we developed a list of pathway characteristics that might be associated with critical pathway
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A literature review found that most hospitals who had adopted a patient-focused philosophy had incorporated both critical pathways
and documentation by exception (Johnson & Miller, 1992; Weber & Weber, 1994).
The critical pathway
development process used at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, was based on the premise that collaboration among disciplines was essential to effective implementation of a pathway, therefore, a multidisciplinary team was formed.
It will be necessary to establish empirical support for critical pathway
models and for the application of community practice guidelines.
Definitions of the critical pathway
by Zander (1988a), Etheredge (1989), Metcalf (1991), Mosher et al.
Initial development of the critical pathway
included a chart review of 20 patients with a discharge diagnosis of poisoning and toxic ingestion to determine best practice.
Capitated health plans are embracing critical pathways
as a superior way to manage costs and ensure high-quality outcomes for inpatients and outpatients alike.
CHICAGO -- HIMSS and AHIMA introduce the ICD-10 Critical Pathway
for Getting Started - 2012 and Beyond.
Nurse case managers coordinate and monitor the critical pathway
collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team and family (Zander, 1994).