It is very significant and fundamental that everyone within a health organization is involved in the development and implementation and execution of policies and procedures, and that they have an understanding and apprehension of what they are and how they are used. Written guidelines can help prevent chaos, confusion and legal problems. There are guidelines to ensure that a hospital decision does not make an unreasonable, irrational or possibly illegal decision. Such decisions can have negative effects if they do not comply with industry regulations.
A guideline consists of concrete instructions and determines the present and future decisions. It will help in decision making under certain special circumstances. Guidelines are generally based on accepted, well-defined criteria/standards of practice. Practice requires standards to establish consistency, expectations and patterns. Standards also provide a benchmark for measuring and improving quality.
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