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
Second, the outcomes movement most commonly uses multidisciplinary process and intermediate outcome guides called critical pathways
, clinical pathways and Caremaps, among others.
Important daily documentation components were discussed by the team and closely pattern a critical pathway
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.
Several key indicators were identified and included in this critical pathway
(see Table 1).
These standards will play a major role in defining the scope of nursing practice and in creating clinical practice guidelines, protocols, and critical pathways
Why spend money on a charting or MDS program, spend again on a rehab program that does critical pathways
, and then still have to purchase a fiscal program to invoice, pay bills, and balance the books?
The service had 2 years of experience with critical pathway
development and implementation for cardiac bypass patients.
In 1985, the New England Medical Center in Boston, introduced the "critical pathway
," which was the first system that attempted to incorporate expected outcomes within specified time frames.
Decision theory is heavily dependent upon decision trees, which are similar to protocols or critical pathways
. At each juncture in a critical pathway
, decision theory adds weights that represent the risk/benefit ratio for each set of alternatives.
In line with this, we will have to develop an understanding of the "critical pathway
" between diagnosis and outcome - i.e., the most effective and cost-efficient course of treatment possible within the resources available.