Infection Rates in Nursing Homes

Scenario number 2 Infection Rates in Nursing Homes

June 15, 2012
Robbie Johnson

Scenario number 2 Infection Rates in Nursing Homes
I have chosen scenario number two as follows:
A group of Nursing Home administrators, which includes an infection control officer, has noticed increasing rates of infection at the nursing home.   Infection rates must be kept as low as possible.   High infection rates can result in serious complications for patients.   A nursing home that continues to have high infection rates is subject to fines.   The nursing home administrators are meeting to discuss possible ways to reduce infections at their facility.
Choosing among alternatives is a very simple way of describing the decision making process.   You must gather the best information possible and, to borrow a phrase from Nike, “Just do it”.   Some decisions are easy others not so much.
As our text tells us the decision making process is a set of eight steps.
1. Identify the problem.   Defined as a discrepancy between an existing and a desired state of affairs.
2. Identify decision criteria.   Defined as factors that are relevant in a decision.
3. Allocation of weights to criteria.   Defined as using personal or group preferences to each of the criteria.
4. Development of alternatives.   Defined as a list of alternatives that could lead to the successful resolution of problem.
5. Analysis of alternatives.     Defined as strengths and weaknesses are evaluated.
6. Selection of an alternative.   Defined as the selection of the best alternative from among those assessed.
7. Implementation of the alternative.   Defined as putting the decision into action.
8. Evaluation of the decision effectiveness.   Defined as the assessment of the result of the decision.   In other words did it solve the problem?
Decisions made by groups are considered to be better than one individual making a decision on behalf of a group.   This is common sense in my opinion due to the many differences...