Clinical Auditing

An audit is a means of measuring the care that is being provided in a day to day clinical practice (Swage 2004). Using a standard audit criteria undertake a clinical audit in your area of practice. Support you work with relevant literature.
Clinical audits have a history stretching back to Florence Nightingale in the eighteen hundreds, when she monitored mortality and morbidity rates in hospitals. This assignment will endeavour to examine the processes involved in completing a clinical audit. It will examine the benefits to stakeholders and how the clinical auditing process affects them, using standard auditing criteria set out by the Health Service Executive. The article could have used the policies set out by one specific body within the executive but   felt that given the HSE is the governing body which controls, sets policies and provides guidelines for all processes that take place within hospitals, health facilities and in communities across the country, it would be prudent to follow their guidelines on clinical auditing.
The assignment will also attempt to look at the auditing process and the benefits it has to the overall care of patients and healthcare processes in general, looking specifically at the nurses role within a chosen topic. The topic chosen for the audit will be scrutinised and the assignment will analyse the rationale behind its choice, examining best practice and providing a body of supporting literature. The results of the audit will be contained within the assignment and these findings will be examined to see if any recommendations can be made for improvements in the future.

What is a clinical audit:
Sneddon et al (2006) defines an audit, as one of the main tools used to establish whether clinical practice reflects recommended standards of care. The Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance (2008,) refers to clinical audits as: a clinically led, quality improvement process that endeavour to improve patient...