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Innovations

Interdisciplinary Teams Perform Daily Reviews of Real-Time Information to Identify and Address Risk Factors in Older Inpatients 09/05/11

As part of Aurora Health Care's Acute Care for Elders program, each system hospital generates a spreadsheet that tracks, for all patients ages 65 and older, real-time risk factors for functional...

Skin Assessments Conducted as Part of Patient Intake Improve Documentation of Pressure Ulcers on Admission, Reduce Incidence During Stay 05/30/11

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg nurses working in every site of potential hospital admission (such as the emergency department or surgical suite) perform a baseline skin assessment at the time...

Hourly Nurse Rounds Help to Reduce Falls, Pressure Ulcers, and Call Light Use, and Contribute to Rise in Patient Satisfaction 05/10/11

Nurses and nursing assistants at Memorial Health System conduct hourly patient rounds designed to improve safety and address needs that otherwise would prompt use of call lights. During the rounds...

Nursing Interventions Among Surgical Patients Eliminate Stage 3 and 4 Pressure Ulcers and Reduce Incidence of Other Pressure Ulcers 07/20/10

Nurses involved in the care of surgical patients at Aultman Hospital engage in a variety of steps before, during, and after surgery to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers. They perform a...

Improvement Projects Led by Unit-Based Teams of Nurse, Physician, and Quality Leaders Reduce Infections, Lower Costs, Improve Patient Satisfaction, and Nurse–Physician Communication 12/04/09

The University of Pennsylvania Health System uses unit-based clinical leadership teams, composed of a physician leader, nurse leader, and quality/safety project manager, to develop unit-specific...

QualityTools

Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care 04/21/11

This toolkit for health care professionals in hospitals provides ways to implement effective pressure ulcer prevention practices through an interdisciplinary approach to care. The document includes an implementation guide with tools and resources...

Joint Commission 2011 National Patient Safety Goals 12/27/10

The purpose of the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) is to promote specific improvements in patient safety. The goals highlight problematic areas in health care and describe evidence- and expert-based solutions to these...

Prevent Pressure Ulcers 02/18/10

The Prevent Pressure Ulcers initiative is part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 5 Million Lives Campaign. This site offers resources that can help reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.

The materials...

Pressure Ulcer Clinical Tools & Resources 02/18/10

Information & Quality Healthcare works with nursing homes to reduce the number of patients with pressure ulcers. This site provides various resources on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of pressure ulcers.

The tools...

Pressure Ulcer Reduction Toolkit 09/03/09

TMF Health Quality Institute developed this toolkit to help nursing home staff better prevent, treat, and heal pressure ulcers.

Some of the topics included in the toolkit are:

  • Facility-acquired pressure ulcer...

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