Performance indicators and standards of care for coronary angioplasty procedures: A quality initiative

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The growth of coronary angioplasty procedures in Australia has provided opportunities for role development in nursing practice. In response to changes in health care demands, the angioplasty nurse specialist role was developed. This paper discusses a quality activity with two goals. First, to facilitate a change in culture within the angioplasty service from the existing fragmented system to a cohesive system based on a quality approach. Second, to develop a process improvement strategy involving a data collection tool that would facilitate the monitoring of performance indicators and patient outcomes.

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