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Running head: APPLICATION OF STATISTICS Application of Statistics in Health Care and the Emergency Department Renee C. Edgil Grand Canyon University: HLT-362V April 12, 2020 1
APPLICATION OF STATISTICS IN HEALTH CARE AND THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT Application of Statistics in Health Care and the Emergency Department The study of statistics is more than just studying numbers, it is interpreting and analyzing what those numbers represent. In health care, statistics are important to study disease incidence, accidents, cure rates, mortality, drugs, treatments and many other measurable subjects (Bartkowiak & Finnegan, 2004). The purpose of this paper is to discuss the application of statistics as it applies to quality, safety, health promotion, and leadership. It will also discuss the application of statistics to the Emergency Department and how I use the information for day-to- day operations and decision making. Healthcare Application Statistics are used in healthcare to detect disease, develop prevention strategies, evaluate treatments, determine effectiveness of policies and procedures, and to gauge patient satisfaction. Statistics can be applied to virtually every area of healthcare. Quality There is an increasing demand for improved quality of care (Harris et al., 2017). Statistical data is presented to measure, evaluate, and compare quality of care indicators such as sepsis mortality and hospital acquired infections. The data is often presented in easy to understand comparisons across units and hospitals to develop standards and support quality improvements. Safety Avoiding patient harm is fundamental to healthcare. Statistics helps with the improvement of medical errors. There are currently many data-driven safety initiatives in place.

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