Core Measure Pocket Pal

The academic poster highlighting the data collection and post-project summary may be viewed here. This tool earned recognition at the 2019 Houston Methodist Quality and Patient Safety Symposium.

Product Description

  • Industry: Medical.

  • Measures: 3 in. x 5 in.

  • Materials Used: Plastic-coated paper for wipeability in the patient care environment, Metal Ring.

  • Modality: 13 ringbound, color-coded, double-sided cards. Color-coding delimits subjects.

  • Content: Each subject is a national standard of care and treatment process for a common condition in the hospital setting, known as core measures, that nursing staff are obligated to adhere to.


  • Members of the Quality and Patient Safety Department served as SMEs.

  • Draft product went to applicable committees for review.

  • One hospital unit volunteered to host the roll-out as a process improvement project.

  • Nurses from the target unit provided feedback at three points- once before implementation and twice afterwards.

Data Findings

  • At the second of two post-implementation points, nurses were twice as likely to rate themselves as "very satisfied" with their access to core measure resources.

  • Nurses' reliance on asking a colleague for information decreased 10%.

Continued Use

  • The Nurse Manager supplied all existing staff with a card set, and distributed copies to new hires until the original print quantity was exhausted.

  • Subsequently, in early 2022, the Nurse Manager contacted me asking about obtaining additional quantities to respond to demand for the resource from new hires.