MEDS20001 - Quality Practice in Medical Ultrasound
Term 1 - 2017


All details in this unit profile for MEDS20001 have been officially approved by CQUniversity and represent a learning partnership between the University and you (our student). The information will not be changed unless absolutely necessary and any change will be clearly indicated by an approved correction included in the profile.

Overview

In this unit you will apply knowledge of patient safety, risk management and quality improvement in health care to undertake a limited clinical audit of a medical sonography department. You will examine reasons for adverse events identified, prioritise action and identify appropriate intervention as part of a quality improvement implementation strategy. You will apply quality assurance principles to a review of clinical report writing. As part of the clinical governance process you will evaluate your own professional performance and plan for your own continuing professional development.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite

MEDS20002 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 3

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Portfolio 60%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students commented that assessment task 2 had some conflicting instructions between the video and the task. Student course "Have your say" Feedback. I will rerecord the instruction video to align with the information in the task directives.
Suggested change to this course to be changed from a graded course to a pass/fail course. SMAS program review committee. I will undertake a course change proposal to achieve this recommendation.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the key components of clinical governance, quality improvement, risk management and patient safety cultures in health care.
  2. Appraise your own professional performance to identify goals for continuing professional development.
  3. Employ quality improvement tools and strategies in the context of a clinical sonography environment.

Australasian Sonography Association Competency Standards for the Entry Level Sonographer
Units 1-4.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Portfolio  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills    
4. Research      
5. Self-management  
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Portfolio  

Prescribed Textbooks

Enhancing Patient Care: a practical guide to improving quality and safety in hospitals
Author/s: Wolff, Alan., Taylor, Sally. Year: 2009
Edition: First edition Publisher: MJA Books, Australasian Medical Publishing Company Limited (AMPCo)
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorBernie Mason (b.mason@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Self-Study Guide 1 -

Lecture - Introduction & Clinical Governance


Wolff A., Taylor S. 2009. Enhancing Patient Care:A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals. Pages 1-14.

Baird M., Lombardo P. 2005.Establishing competency in clinical practice.Sound Effects issue 4.pg 23-27.Clay N. 2004.

Strategies for Eliminating the Sonographer Shortage: Recruitment, Retention, and Educational Perspectives. JDMS. 20: 408-413..

Lewis C., 2005. Teleultrasound survey reveals sonographer practitioners a reality in Queensland public hospitals.


Zoom Tutorial Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm AEST.

8:30 pm - 9:30pm Daylight savings time

Week 2 13-03-2017

Self-Study Guide 2 -

Lecture -- Quality Improvement-

Closing Gaps in Patient Care

Wolff A., Taylor S. 2009. Enhancing Patient Care: A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals. Pages 17-33.

Hoe J., 2007. Quality Service in Radiology. Biomed Imaging Interv J., 3(3):e24

Chervenak FA, Chervenak JL.2012. Medicolegal Issues in Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound.

Litigation- A personal account.Suzanne Marschall,Sound Effects Editorial. Issue 2. 2010


Week 3 20-03-2017

Self-Study Guide 3 -

Lecture- Quality Management in Sonography Facilities

Wolff A., Taylor S. 2009. Enhancing Patient Care:A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals. Pages 37-46

Papp J., 2011. Quality Management in the Imaging Sciences.4th edn. Mosby. Chapter 1, pages 1-16.

Persutte W. 2002. It's About Time. JDMS. 18:52-58.


Zoom Tutorial Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm AEST. 8:30 pm - 9:30pm Daylight savings time

Week 4 27-03-2017

Self-Study Guide 4 -

Lecture- Risk Management and Adverse Events

Wolff A., Taylor S. 2009 Enhancing Patient Care: A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals.Pages 37-46

Fitzgerald R. 2001. Error in Radiology. Clinical Radiology 56: 938-946.
Sanders R.C., 2003.

Saunders R.C, 2003. Changing Patterns of Ultrasound-Related Litigation. J Ultrasound Med. 22:1009-1015.


Daylight savings ends 2nd April 2017

Week 5 03-04-2017

Self-Study Guide 5 -

Lecture - Detecting Adverse Events

Wolff A., Taylor S. 2009. Enhancing Patient Care: A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals. Pages 49-89

Russell S., 2014. Ultrasound quality assurance and equipment governance. Ultrasound; 22:66-69.

Johnson D. et al. 2014. Designing a Safer Radiology Department. AJR: 198:398-404.

Kiss J. 1998. What the Sonographer should know about the Bioeffects of Ultrasound. Sound Effects; 27-30

Zoom Tutorial Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm AEST

Written Assessment 1 Due Tuesday (04 Apr 17) 03:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Break Week

Week 6 17-04-2017

Self-Study Guide 6

Lecture - Risk Management in Radiology

Wolff A., Taylor S. 2009 Enhancing Patient Care: A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals. Pages 95-115

Risk Management in Radiology in Europe p1-12

Link on Moodle

How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks Code of Practice 2011 p 1- 27

Healthcare risk assessment made easy. 2007. NHS National Patient Safety Agency.

Wolff A., Taylor S. 2009 Enhancing Patient Care: A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals. Pages 119-150.

Zoom Tutorial Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm AEST.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Self-Study Guide 7-

Lecture - Quality Assurance in Radiology.

Comprehensive Clinical Audits of Diagnostic Radiology Practices: A Tool for Quality Improvement. 2010.International Atomic Energy Agency. Vienna.


Russell S., 2014. Ultrasound quality assurance and equipment governance.Ultrasound; 22:66-69.


Johnson D. et al. 2014.Designing a Safer Radiology Department. AJR: 198:398-404.


Kiss J. 1998. What the Sonographer should know about the Bioeffects of Ultrasound. Sound Effects; 27-30.


Foote J. Houston D. North N. 2002.
Tierney H. 2012. Why sonographers need Professional Indemnity Insurance. Sound Effects 1: 12-14.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Self-Study Guide 8 -

Lecture - Taking Action to Close Gaps in Care

Dickie JA., Ellwood DA., Robertson M. 2011. What’s in a referral letter: does the detail matter? AJUM: 14(30; page 11-14.

Muir M. Hrynkow P., Chase R., Boyce D., & Mclean D. 2004.

The Nature, Cause and Extent of Occupational Musculoskeletal Injuries among Sonographers: Recommendations for Treatment and Prevention. JDMS 20:317-325.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (2010) Radiology Written Report Guideline Project (pages 10-16) Appendix 1A pages 30-32

Good practice for Radiological Reporting: Guidelines from the European Society of Radiology (2011) European Society of Radiology (ESR)

Guidelines for Report Writing (2016)The Society and College of Radiographers.

Zoom Tutorial Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm AEST.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Self-Study Guide 9 -

Lecture - A Practical Framework for Improving Patient Care

Report writing 1

Wolff A., Taylor S. 2009 Enhancing Patient Care: A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals. Pages 155-185.

Tierney H. 2012.Why sonographers need Professional Indemnity Insurance Sound Effect 1:page 12-14

Walvoord K. 2006.Understanding Sonographer Burnout. JDMS 22:200-205

Foote J. Houston D. North N.2002. Betwixt and Between:Ritual and the Management of an Ultrasound Waiting List.Health Care Analysis. 10: 357-377.


Week 10 15-05-2017

Self-Study Guide 10 -

Lecture - Patient Safety Cultures

Report writing 2

Wolff A., Taylor S. 2009 Enhancing Patient Care: A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals. Pages 189-200, 223-227.

Donnelly L. Dickerson J.Goodfriend M. Muething S.2010. Improving Patient Safety in Radiology. AJR:194: 1183-1187.


Taylor J. 2002. The Public Life of the Fetal Sonogram and the Work of the Sonographer. JDMS 18:367-379.


Manchester Patient Safety Framework. 2006. NHS National Patient Safety Agency

Zoom Tutorial Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm AEST.

Week 11 22-05-2017


Written Assessment 2 Due Tuesday (23 May 17) 03:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017


Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Assessment task due back to students 7th June

Exam Week 12-06-2017

The unit coordinator for MEDS20001 is Bernadette Mason. The best way to contact Bernie is by e-mail: b.mason@cqu.edu.au. CQUniversity phone number is 02 93245057. Days of work are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please use email whenever possible.

The online tutorials are an opportunity to ask questions, gain feedback and join in discussions concerning theoretical concepts and completion of assessment tasks. The tutorials are offered at night as this allows students on clinical placement to attend.

Access to the internet is required to undertake this course, as course materials, tutorials and updates will be provided via Moodle, email and Zoom. It is important to check your student email regularly as updates about the course will be sent from the course coordinator via email.

Please note written assessment task 1 due date is Week 5 (Tuesday).

Please note that written assessment 2 due date is Week 11 (Tuesday).

Weekly resources will include access to relevant readings, however you will need to acquire the prescribed text to successfully complete this course.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 1
Task Description

APPLICATION FOR THE POSITION OF TRAINEE SONOGRAPHER

No word limit.

Page limits apply.

Pass/Fail grading

Weighting 0

‘You need to be aware that as this is a non-graded unit, all assessment items are Pass/Fail in nature. As per the Assessment Procedures document, for such units all assessment items must be completed by the due date and there is no provision for a late penalty. In the absence of an approved extension, any assessment not completed by the due date will receive a Fail score. Any student who fails a pass/fail assessment item or any assessment item in a non-graded unit will be deemed to have failed that unit.’

As an accredited sonography student working in a health care facility you must possess the qualifications and experience to fulfill the requirements of your position. The media report adverse events occurring in health facilities due to health professionals not possessing the required qualifications, experience or currency for practice. This deficit can have significant impact on the quality of patient care and safety. Clinical governance of health care facilities includes processes to ensure that health care professionals possess satisfactory credentials and undertake appropriate professional development.

Your assessment task is to describe your current credentials and detail your future plans for professional development in an application for the position of Trainee Sonographer at a health facility (the position description is available in the assessment block in the Moodle site). By completing this assessment task you will gain the ability to write applications for employment which will be useful to you throughout your professional career.

Your application will comprise:

  • A cover letter (one page)
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum three pages)
  • A key selection criteria outline (maximum three pages)

The best applicants will tailor their application to the facility details in the position description.

You will write a cover letter which will explain your motivation and ability to be a Trainee Sonographer. In the curriculum vitae you will identify the skills and experience that qualify you for the role of a trainee sonographer at this facility. You will also provide a key selection criteria outline.

One of the key selection criteria asks you to demonstrate your ‘interest in maintaining, reviewing and updating training and education needs, both individually and, for the practice’. In response to this key selection criteria you will identify your own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the form of a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) and clearly articulate five (5) goals which relate to the maintenance, review and update of your own training and education (professional development) over the next three (3) years. These five goals must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART goals).
In the curriculum vitae, cover letter and key selection criteria outline you will be expected to demonstrate relevant knowledge of the concepts of quality practice covered up to the week of submission, including the use of appropriate terminology.

Further details will be available on the course Moodle site, including a video presentation on this assessment task.

Please note the following details:

  • The length of each component of your application in pages is indicated above. Applications which are too long rarely rate as highly as those that match these expectations. However you can exceed this guide by 0.5 page / application component.
  • Save/upload your file in Word format (.doc or .docx).


Assessment Due Date Week 5 Tuesday (04-Apr-2017) 03:00 PM AEST
Please save/upload your file in Word format (.doc or .docx) so I can open the file and mark in Word.
Return Date to Students Week 6 Wednesday (19-Apr-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for your application for the position of Trainee Sonographer will be based on:

  • Production of a comprehensive application
  • Honesty in stressing skills, accomplishments, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Linking the information chosen to the organisations values
  • Targeting the information chosen towards the position specifications by framing them in terms of transferable or generic skills
  • Adherence to the protocol of "application writing"
  • Explicit organisation in a logical way, so most recent, strongest or relevant are first
  • Relevancy and prioritisation of content
  • Application of concepts and correct use of terminology
  • Complying with equal opportunity and/or anti-discrimination legislation
  • Correct use of grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Adherence to the page limit
  • Legible font( size 12)


More detailed marking criteria will be posted on the course Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please save/upload your file in Word format (.doc or .docx) so I can open the file and mark in Word.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the key components of clinical governance, quality improvement, risk management and patient safety cultures in health care.

2. Appraise your own professional performance to identify goals for continuing professional development.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Written Assessment 2
Task Description

MEDS20001 2017 Assessment 2

Word count 2000

Pass/Fail grading.

"You need to be aware that this is a non-graded unit, all assessment items are Pass/fail in nature. As per the Assessment Procedures document, for such units all items must be completed by the due date and there is no provision for a late penalty. In the absence of an approved extension, any assessment not completed by the due date will receive a fail score. Any student who fails a pass/fail assessment item or any assessment item in a non-graded unit will be deemed to have failed that unit."

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PORTFOLIO


Quality practice in healthcare is about enhancing patient care with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality. When an adverse event in health care occurs it can have devastating and far reaching effects. It may have an impact on those directly involved - patients, relatives, staff and visitors - and on the reputation of the healthcare organisation, the service or the profession within which the incident occurred. The steps to implementing quality change in patient care are many and are encompassed in various quality improvement frameworks.

You are going to take part in a quality improvement and risk management process related to experiences in a medical imaging department, as part of a "clinical audit."

You will complete the quality improvement tools, and make relevant evidence based comments, to produce a portfolio style report in response to the task posed.

Portfolio Requirements – Tasks

  • Identify 5 adverse events within a clinical sonographic environment

  • Research into best practice and current policy standards

  • Data collection

  • Descriptions of implementation plans for proposed solutions

  • A risk assessment based on your clinical environment

  • An analysis of the patient safety culture in your clinical workplace

  • A review of sonographic report writing

The portfolio will be divided into subsections - one for each tasks. Your portfolio will include a range of quality improvement tools for you to complete and submit.

1:The first part of this assessment task will be spent describing problems in a sonographic environment and identifying contributing factors.

a) List 5 (five) adverse events, or potential adverse events, from within a clinical sonographic department and describe 2 (two) in depth.

b) Fish Bone Diagram

Complete a fish bone diagram for one (1) adverse event, or potential adverse event, in the clinical workplace, as described in 1a.

2: In the second part of the assessment you will analyze one problem with the aim of developing a solution and implementation plan. Use the FADE method (as detailed below) to undertake this section.

a) Focus on the problem and construct a Priority Ranking Tool. Complete a priority ranking tool to include each of Five (5) adverse events discussed in part 1. This is to be accompanied by a brief rationale for the allocation of the 'highest total problem priority' in the table. You will support your decision with evidence (references). For the 'highest total problem priority' identify three (3) possible ideas for improvement which you would advocate for implementation.

b) Analyse to decide what you need to know. Gather baseline data related to this problem by talking to two clinical colleagues about their experiences.List and discuss the most influential factors identified and include a limited identification of root causes / barrier analysis.

c) Develop a solution and implementation plan. List possible solutions, select one for further development giving rationale for its selection and outline an implementation plan for this solution. Discuss approaches for implementing change, engagement with key personnel and the probability of success.

You will not execute the "e" in the FADE method or monitor implementation plan.

3: Quality Management Tables

Complete five (5) quality management tables about one (1) of the adverse events you identified in part 1.

a) Management causation scale, to determine whether medical management rather than disease process caused an adverse event.

b) Medical management analysis severity scale, to rate the severity and preventability of an adverse events.

c) An error causation scale

d) Assessment of the preventability of adverse errors

e) What further action would you recommend? Include discussion of opportunities to implement proactive risk managment methods, such as barriers, trigger tools, benchmarking, indicators, national databases and methods to facilitate patients taking an active role in prevention.

4: Risk Assessment Tables

Complete a task / activity risk assessment matrix / register to include ten (10) possible hazards in the clinical workplace.

Complete a partial risk assessment based on a week in your clinical environment.

This will involve describing ten possible hazards and the risk(s) associated with each hazard, an evaluation of each risk using a risk matrix / register and a description/ evaluation of precautions likely to reduce consequences and/or likelihood.

a) Step 1: Identify and describe ten possible hazards ( activities that could go wrong ) in your clinical days work-related activities. Describe the activity within the context of the physical and emotional environment,and the culture of the organisation and the staff who perform the activity, include any up-to-date research findings or worldwide database records of clinical incidents or media reports related to this hazard, include things which you know, have observed or heard have either gone wrong in the past or near-miss incidents.

b) Step 2: Decide who might be harmed and how ( what can go wrong? Who is exposed to the hazard?)

People will make mistakes so it is neccessary to anticipate some degree of human error and try to prevent the error resulting in harm.

Describe each risk associated with that hazard separately and clearly.

c) Step 3: Evaluate the risks: Consider both consequences (how bad?) and likelihood ( how often?). Is there need for additional action?

The law requires everyone providing a service to do everything reasonably practicable to protect patients from harm.Complete a risk matrix / register. Once a risk has been identified the matrix is used to estimate the chances of an incident occuring or recurring,taking into account the measure in place to prevent it. The chances are rated from unlikely to very likely. The matrix is used to assess the actual or potential consequences of the risk to patients.

Describe precautions (controls) that will most likely reduce consequences and/or likelihood. Re-evaluate the risks assuming that the precautions ( controls) have been taken.

5. You will measure and evaluate the patient safety culture in your workplace.

Complete the Manchester Patient Safety Framework Evaluation Sheets, in partnership with a work colleague, to measure the patient safety culture in your clinical workplace.

The "safety culture" is a new concept in the health sector and can be difficult to assess and change. You are going to use the Manchester Patient Safety Framework (MaPSaF) - Ambulance, to measure the patient safety culture in your clinical workplace. This framework has been adapted for use in various health care professions, but as yet, not medical imaging.

How to use the Manchester Patient Safety Framework (MaPSaF):

a. For each of the nine aspects of safety culture on the final page (7) of the Manchester Patient Safety Framework each person selects the description that best fits the organisation and /or team being assessed. Do this individually and privately, with no discussion. Use a T (team) or O (organisation) on the evaluation sheet to indicate your choices. If you really can’t decide between two of the descriptions, tick both. This will give you an indication of the current patient safety culture profile in your organisation and / or team.

b. Now discuss your profiles with your colleague. You may notice differences, if this happens discuss possible reasons. Address each dimension in turn and see if you can reach consensus.

c. Consider the overall patient safety culture picture for your organisation and /or team. The emerging picture may not be uniform- there will be areas where your organisation and / or team is doing well and in other areas less well.

d. Produce a written description of this patient safety culture picture for your organisation and /or team. Where things are going less well consider the descriptions of more mature risk management cultures. Why is your organisation not like that? How can you move to a higher level? Include responses to these questions in your description. Reference your discussion using up-to-date literature.

Submit the completed Manchester Patient Safety Framework Evaluation Sheets and produce a brief written discussion of your results.

You will support your analysis with evidence (references).

6. Diagnostic report

A sonographers report communicates an interpretation of sonographic findings and patient history.

The process of translation into a final report for the referrer is a potential source of error. You will consider strategies which could minimise this error.

You will produce a final report for the referrer based on a given sonographers worksheet, and other relevant data.

You will discuss potential errors and miimisation strategies.

Conclusion:

These quality improvement tools will form the body of the portfolio. Your portfolio will consist of a series of chapters corresponding to the tasks 1-6 listed above. Your portfolio will demonstrate your ability to apply knowledge of quality practise in the clinical context. The portfolio will form part of a clinical audit which you have undertaken.

This task meets with the external accreditation body (ASAR) quality practice requirements for entry-level sonographers.

  • Your portfolio will include:
  • Cover page
  • Contents page
  • Data presented in figures, tables and diagrams
  • Short directive paragraphs and objective language

An introduction and conclusion is not required. Recommendations for improvement will relate to specific sections of the portfolio.

Please note:

Assessment length should be 2000 (maximum) words, excluding reference list, diagrams, tables, graphics, diagnostic report and completed quality improvement tool.

Diagrams can be used to illustrate specific aspects but must be cited and referenced.

The list of references should be contained at the end of the assessment.

Use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing system.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Tuesday (23-May-2017) 03:00 PM AEST
Include a title page with student, unit and assessment details. Please save/upload your file in Word format (.doc or .docx) so I can open the file and mark in Word.
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Wednesday (07-Jun-2017)
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for your Quality Improvement Portfolio will be based on:

  • Production of a complete, informative quality management portfolio
  • Informed rationale for choices made
  • Application of concepts to analysis of events, observations and data collected
  • Proposal of relevant, feasible plans for improvement
  • Explicit organisation in a logical way, including use of appropriate titles, headings and sub-headings
  • Relevancy and prioritisation of content
  • Application of concepts and correct use of terminology
  • Information supported by credible, up to date references correctly cited
  • Correct labelling of legible diagrams, tables and graphics appropriately cited
  • Completion of quality improvement tools
  • Production and critique of a valid sonographers diagnostic report with strategies for error reduction
  • Correct grammar and spelling
  • Adherence to the word limit
  • Legible font 12 pt 1.5 spacing


Marking criteria available on Moodle

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Include a title page with student, unit and assessment details. Please save/upload your file in Word format (.doc or .docx) so I can open the file and mark in Word.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the key components of clinical governance, quality improvement, risk management and patient safety cultures in health care.

3. Employ quality improvement tools and strategies in the context of a clinical sonography environment.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



Engagement

The unit MEDS 20001 Quality Practise in Medical Ultrasound teaches cognitive, technical and creative skills that ensure you can engage with the workplace and wider community. You will gain skills in reference to patient safety, risk management and qualtiy improvement in a medical sonography department workplace and wider community.

Graduate Attributes

Graduate attributes developed in this unit include knowledge, communication, cognitive, technical and creative skills, self management, ethical and professional responsibility and leadership.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

Consideration is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island aspects of disease aetiology and culturally competent patient care. First nations people pedagogies are incorporated in the use of lectures by experts in the field, industry relevant content scenarios to create a realistic clinical content. Unit and research material are reviewed for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultural sensitivity.

Internationalisation of Curriculum

Unit readings include relevant international information including references.

Students are encouraged to search for information internationally and think about their studies and future working life in an international context.

Sustainability

Consideration is given to unit lectures, readings and teaching that do not have negative consequences for future generations.

This unit will ensure advancements in health and Medical Sonography are by sustainable ethical research.

Ergonomic and health safety factors are important to sustainability and longevity of a clinical Sonographers career.

Work Related Learning

Program knowlege, patient safety, risk management, quality improvement and professional behavior are studied with a view to improving patient related care.


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