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ISO 9001 in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

Gad Vitner (Ruppin Academic Center, School of Engineering, Israel)
Erez Nadir (NICU Department, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Israel)
Michael Feldman (NICU Department, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Israel)
Shmuel Yurman (NICU Department, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Israel)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 4 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to present the process for approving and certifying a neonatal intensive care unit to ISO 9001 standards.

Design/methodology/approach

The process started with the department head's decision to improve services quality before deciding to achieve ISO 9001 certification. Department processes were mapped and quality management mechanisms were developed. Process control and performance measurements were defined and implemented to monitor the daily work. A service satisfaction review was conducted to get feedback from families.

Findings

In total, 28 processes and related work instructions were defined. Process yields showed service improvements. Family satisfaction improved.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is based on preparing only one neonatal intensive care unit to the ISO 9001 standard.

Practical implications

The case study should act as an incentive for hospital managers aiming to improve service quality based on the ISO 9001 standard.

Originality/value

ISO 9001 is becoming a recommended tool to improve clinical service quality.

Keywords

Citation

Vitner, G., Nadir, E., Feldman, M. and Yurman, S. (2011), "ISO 9001 in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 24 No. 8, pp. 644-653. https://doi.org/10.1108/09526861111174206

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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