Quality Assurance Through Standard Operating Procedures Development and Deviation: A Medicolegal Death Investigation Systems Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stacy A. Drake, Michal Pierce, Parmod Gumpeni, Eileen Giardino, Dwayne A. Wolf

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Standard operating procedures drive everyday practice within any organization, including those within a forensic setting. In the event of unusual circumstances, organizations must respond rapidly to address the impact on operations while ensuring that the quality and safety outcomes of routine services are not affected. This case study illustrates how standard operating procedures can be newly developed or modified, and rapidly deployed and quickly revised, to address unusual circumstances. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is used as an example in this case report.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-64
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of forensic nursing
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19/epidemiology
  • Forensic Sciences/organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Organizational Policy
  • Quality Control
  • Texas/epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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