The editor at Trauma-News.com, Robert Fojut, and I recently teamed up to share 5 common opportunities to improve trauma process improvement. If you've worked in a trauma system before, you've probably seen several of these recur throughout your system for quality improvement. Click the link below and look in on the full article for information about useful PI tools like the Ishikawa diagram and tricks about how to make PI data collection easy.
Once you have filled out your fishbone, label the different factors as either “controllable” or “noise” that cannot be controlled. “Collect data on the factors involved, and then perform multiple regression analysis to identify which controllable and non-controllable factors are truly correlated with the effect,” he said. “Sometimes you discover interesting things — for instance, that factors you cannot directly control are ones that correlate with the outcome. More importantly, sometimes you learn that factors you can control impact the probability of a defect. Focus on those.”