Discussion question Response to classmate– Identify a quality improvement initiative that relates to improving population health outcomes

Discussion question Response to classmate– Identify a quality improvement initiative that relates to improving population health outcomes

Re: Topic 6 DQ 1
QUESTION- Identify a quality improvement initiative that relates to improving population health outcomes for a population with which you are familiar. Have these initiatives been successful? Why or why not?

CLASSMATE RESPONSE-
One group of the population that usually needs sufficient care is pregnant women. Providing them quality care is not only important for them but also for the unborn baby. Indeed, poor care can be detrimental and can lead to cases of miscarriage, congenital disabilities, stillbirth, and even death of the mother and the unborn child. Among the initiatives usually designed to improve quality in care among this group of people have an aim of ensuring that the mothers get enough iron so that they do not suffer from iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia. One of the quality improvement initiatives that have been used to help the course is the standard set by the World Health Organization for clinicians to use ferritin concentrations in assessing the status of pregnant women and detect any cases of iron deficiency (Næss-Andresen et al., 2019).
The success of an initiative is in most cases evaluated by using the statistics on how many people are using the initiative. Secondly, success can be measured by the extent to which the targeted problem has been solved. In this case, if early screening of ferritin concentrations among pregnant women leads to better and healthier pregnancy and a healthier child. The initiate has successfully been applied in many countries, as seen from the reduction of the number of pregnant women suffering from iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia. Even though research is scanty on the direct relationship between the early screening of ferritin concentrations and the health of the pregnancy, it is evident that with early screening, a pregnant woman can easily know her status and if there is an immediate need to boost iron through supplements, then the action is taken without hesitation.
Næss-Andresen, M. L., Eggemoen, Å. R., Berg, J. P., Falk, R. S., & Jenum, A. K. (2019). Serum ferritin, soluble transferrin receptor, and total body iron for the detection of iron deficiency in early pregnancy: a multiethnic population-based study with low use of iron supplements. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 109(3), 566-575. Doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqy366

 

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Solution

Response

One of the leading health problems among pregnant women is anemia which is highly caused by iron deficiency. The article’s main initiative is the use of ferritin concentrations in assessing pregnant women and detecting cases of iron deficiency. This is a good initiative since it leads to identifying the anemic cases among pregnant women in society. In the initiative, you have not included the measures to be taken after establishing pregnant women with anemia in society. According to Timmons (2021), understanding the common anemia symptoms among pregnant women and treating the disease can greatly help reduce the cases of anemia among pregnant women in society.

This indicates that, despite the great importance of using ferritin concentrations in testing iron deficiency, there is a need for high levels of education on how to know that their iron levels are low and how to prevent the deficiency through proper dieting. Timmons (2021) notes that some of the symptoms include having pale skin, heart palpitations, and excessive fatigue that can help patients approach clinicians for the Ferritin test. A treatment intervention is needed after establishing that a pregnant has some deficiency. This would be included in the plan. In the initiative, there would also be a monitoring initiative using the ferritin test to ensure consistency in helping the patients out of the deficiency. According to Leonard (2018), patients require follow-up blood tests to check that the iron and ferritin levels return to normal. Additionally, you can provide evidence on the success of the specific areas or facilities where the initiative has been used.

 

References

Leonard, J. (2018, November 16). What to know about ferritin blood tests for anemia. Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323713#what-is-a-ferritin-blood-test

Timmons, J. (2021, January 4). 3 Ways to Prevent Anemia in Pregnancy. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/iron-deficiency-anemia