Bring the Energy - August 2019 QP

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Bring the Energy - August 2019 QP

Posted by Jennifer Mayernik on Aug 19, 2019 1:59 pm

Hi all!

I found the article "Bring the Energy" in August's QP very interesting...and I'm curious about people's experience with using acceptance charts.  I'm currently working in healthcare, and one my low-level irritants in a statistical process control sense is that we monitor certain events (patient harm, cases of c. Diff, patient falls) in a way that makes it difficult to tell if we're out of control or not - my facility has worked very hard to reduce all these types of harmful events, and we're a small facility, so one event is a huge spike.  

After this article, I'm wondering if an acceptance chart might be a way of monitoring that makes more sense --- patient harm is never acceptable, but what tells us when we're out of control, or when we should take it (reluctantly) as common cause?

I'm also open to any feedback/references about using more esoteric control charts based on non-normal distributions and low-occurrence issues.

Thanks in advance!

Jen

Re: Bring the Energy - August 2019 QP

Posted by Duke Okes on Aug 22, 2019 10:41 am

G-charts are very useful for low frequency events.  If you Google the term you'll find explanations and examples.

Re: Bring the Energy - August 2019 QP

Posted by Terese Bandy on Aug 29, 2019 6:52 pm

Hi both - I just figured out how to post from my phone. Looking forward to reading the article and commenting. I think this subject could help me too. Thank you, Terese