With summer in full swing, social activities bring some risky behavior. We’ve all heard of someone getting their finger (or worse) blown off lighting fireworks, and now is the time to remind your patients to think before they act! What about children in cars not wearing seatbelts, yet their drivers are!
MQIC is not able to list all the important safety reminders here, but by listing out some frequent life-changing topics that can turn disastrous, hopefully at least one injury can be prevented.
This list is nowhere near complete, and feel free to add others you deem necessary when talking to patients.
- Seatbelt usage at ALL times and buckle up your children!
- Poison Oak/Poison Ivy/Poison Sumac – Learn what they look like so you can avoid them.
- Pool, lake and water safety – Have life jackets available and always have eyes on your or anyone else’s children when they’re near water! More than one in five drowning victims is a child under the age of 14.
- Sun protection – Sunscreen at all times to prevent skin cancer.
- Alcohol and drug use – Do not drive drunk or impaired. Do not use fireworks while impaired or drunk.
- Fireworks, sparklers – Adults only please, and watch the kids with the sparklers and firecrackers. Do not use while impaired or drunk! And, think about the fires these can cause, so always be extra careful.
- Lawn mowers – Whether a riding or push mower, be on high alert at all times for hands, feet, and children around mowers!
- Hot weather – Keep hydrated, and pay attention to children and seniors so they don’t get heat stroke or dehydrate.
- Domestic and child abuse – Think before you act, and stop the abuse!
Let’s get the word out, and prevent Michigan adults and children from a horrible disaster!
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The Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium will establish and implement a core set of clinical practice guidelines and performance measures with a focus on improvement for effecting positive health outcomes.
Medical Directors' Committee
- Develop common evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
- Provide direction and final decisions for MQIC
- Establish common definitions of populations among all health plans
- Establish common measurement protocols consistent with MQIC guidelines
- Report and trend community-based performance results for key measures related to MQIC clinical practice guidelines, providing data for benchmarking and improvement
- Research and provide tools and educational materials as supplemental resources for physicians and their staff that support implementation of the MQIC clinical practice guidelines
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The Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium will establish and implement a core set of clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. The interventions designed and implemented by each plan to improve consistent delivery of services will be at the discretion of individual plans, but guidelines, performance goals, measurement methodology, and performance reporting will be standardized.
MQIC membership is diverse and includes physicians, health plan administrators, researchers, quality improvement experts, and specialty societies. The consortium recognizes the need to collaborate with other entities and experts to successfully achieve the consortium's vision.
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