The BayCare Best Practice Medical Guidelines provide our physicians with up-to-date evidence to supplement their clinical expertise in decision making with a goal to deliver the best patient-centered care. Standards are written to achieve accuracy, conciseness, timeliness, and simplicity of use.
The standard selection process began in 2016 by looking at areas within BayCare where substantial research and work already had been completed. Going forward, BayCare will look at each service line and identify standard topics where there is the most room for improvement. The process of improvement will be aided with updated power plans that correlate with the current evidence, as well as metrics to see how well the standard is being implemented and utilized.
When a new topic is selected for development into a medical standard, a review of the current literature will take place. Highlights of the current evidence will be outlined in the standard. The standard will be reviewed and approved by primary contributors, service line and/or associated collaborative representatives, and finally the Medical Staff Advisory Council.
Each standard will be reviewed and updated in two-year increments. Exceptions, including a more frequent review, will be made if substantial evidence becomes available prior to intended review date.
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