Pressure injury prevention success in a regional hospital

Hunter, Michelle and Kelly, Jennifer and Stanley, Norma and Stilley, Amy and Anderson, Lynn (2014) Pressure injury prevention success in a regional hospital. Contemporary Nurse, 49 (1). pp. 75-82. ISSN 1037-6178


Background: This paper describes quality improvement strategies implemented following the identification of a significantly high prevalence rate and severity of pressure injuries in a regional health care facility in a large health district in Queensland, Australia.
Aim: The aim of this paper is to inform health professionals of processes employed to reduce the incidence and financial burden of pressure injuries following the detection of rates that were significantly above the State average.
Method: An audit of pressure injury prevalence data was conducted on a single day throughout a regional hospital. Prevalence data was compared to State averages and hospital strategies used to prevent injuries were examined. Findings: Audit reports for this acute setting revealed that despite best practice guidelines, prevalence was a major concern. Lack of accountability, poor documentation, limited education and knowledge of risk assessment and prevention were central to the need to implement quality improvement processes.
Conclusion: This paper outlines the results associated with implementing quality measures to reduce the prevalence of pressure injuries. Following an audit of pressure injury prevalence data, strategies were implemented to reduce noteworthy rates. Employing specific techniques can result in significantly decreasing hospital acquired pressure injuries in health care settings throughout the world.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 eContent Management Pty Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 23:34
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2015 05:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: documentation; hospital acquired pressure injury; incidence; prevention; sustainability
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920117 Skin and Related Disorders
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2014.11081956

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