# Hcs 438 Uses of Statistical Information Essay

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Uses of Statistical Information According to Bennett, Briggs, and Triola (2009), “statistics is the science that helps us understand how to collect, organize, and interpret numbers or other information about some topic” (p.2). The paper will discuss statistics used in my workplace. I will give an example of descriptive statistics and inferential statistics and explain how they are used in my workplace. Followed by a discussion of ways data collection could be improved at my workplace. I will describe the data collected at each of the four levels of measurement. This paper concludes with a discussion of the advantages of accurate interpretation of statistical information. Statistics In My Workplace Statistics are used for many reasons in the healthcare field to track areas that need improvement and demonstrate to others the areas that employees should focus on. For example my workplace statistics are used to measure the amount of nosocomial infections, hospital acquired pressure ulcers, patient falls, and patient satisfaction surveys. Both descriptive statistics and inferential statistics are used to measure and describe the collected data. Descriptive Statistics According to Bennett, Briggs, and Triola (2009), descriptive statistics “deals with describing raw data in the form of graphics and sample statistics” (p.7). Descriptive statistics presents a simple visual summary of all the data collected but does not form a conclusion on the data (Bennett, Briggs, & Triola, 2009). This form of statistics includes measuring the mean, median, mode, range, margin of error, variance, and the standard deviation (Bennett, Briggs, & Triola, 2009). In my workplace one example of a descriptive statistics is displaying a frequency table with the amount of linen use during each month and comparing the results to the average amount of linen per patient that our hospital