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How-to Guide: Prevent Pressure Ulcers
This How-to Guide describes key evidence-based care components for preventing pressure ulcers, describes how to implement these interventions, and recommends measures to gauge improvement.
How-to Guide: Prevent Pressure Ulcers — Pediatric Supplement
This How-to Guide specifically tailored for pediatrics describes key evidence-based care components for preventing pressure ulcers, describes how to implement these interventions, and recommends measures to gauge improvement.
How-to Guide: Prevent Pressure Ulcers — Rural Hospitals Supplement
This How-to Guide specifically tailored for rural hospitals describes key evidence-based care components for preventing pressure ulcers, describes how to implement these interventions, and recommends measures to gauge improvement.
When It Comes to Clinical Quality, Everybody Makes the Team
When it comes to improving clinical quality and providing the best patient care, every hospital employee and every department plays a role. When you engage non-clinical staff in quality improvement, teams get stronger and patients benefit.
Relieve the Pressure and Reduce Harm
New understanding about what causes pressure ulcers and how to prevent them is enabling some hospitals to dramatically reduce this age-old problem.
Champions Improve Staff Education and Compliance with Pressure Ulcer Prevention Strategies
Onslow Memorial Hospital (Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA) achieved a significant decrease in its facility-acquired pressure ulcer rate, prevalence rate, and incidence rate over a two-year period by implementing a risk assessment tool to determine at-risk patients, tracking compliance with documentation and pressure ulcer prevention strategies, and establishing Skin Care Champions to educated staff on policy and procedure for pressure ulcer prevention.
Annotated Bibliography for Preventing Pressure Ulcers
This annotated bibliography presents selected literature for preventing pressure ulcers.
Measures: Prevent Pressure Ulcers
Care teams should measure compliance with each of the key components of evidence-based pressure ulcer care recommended in the How-to Guide: Prevent Pressure Ulcers.
Best-practice protocols: Reducing harm from pressure ulcers
This article focuses on reducing pressure ulcers as part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 5 Million Lives Campaign to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm.
Protecting patients from harm: Preventing pressure ulcers in hospital patients
Learn how following six steps to maintain moisture balance and keep your patient's skin intact can help reduce harm to patients from pressure ulcers.
Preventing pressure ulcers: The goal is zero
This article describes how to identify patients at risk for pressure ulcers and reliably implement prevention strategies for all patients identified as at risk.
Risk factors for gastrointestinal bleeding in critically ill patients
The authors describe a prospective multicenter cohort study evaluating risk factors for the development of stress ulceration among patients admitted to ICUs.
Stress ulcer prophylaxis in critically ill patients: Resolving discordant meta-analyses
The authors report a meta-analysis of 63 randomized trials of stress ulcer prophylaxis in critically ill patients.
Nevada RNs prevent pressure ulcers
Clinical educators at one hospital in Nevada have begun to work with nurses to improve pressure ulcer care.
Pressure Ulcer Prevention Points
This tool provides a detailed description of pressure ulcer prevention points, with references to literature and other resources.
Pressure Ulcer Prevention: An Nursing Competency-Based Curriculum
NPUAP provides this example curriculum to prepare registered nurses with the minimum competencies for pressure ulcer prevention.
Preventing Pressure Ulcers: Patient and Family Fact Sheet
This resource for patients and families provides an overview of how to prevent and care for pressure ulcers.
Pressure Ulcer Baseline Assessment Survey for Registered Nurses and Nursing Assistants
This self-assessment tool can be used by nurses to determine their knowledge of how to prevent and care for pressure ulcers.
Preventing Pressure Ulcers Turn Clock Tool
The turn clock tool is posted to alert staff that this patient has been identified as being at risk for pressure ulcers and serves as a reminder to reposition the patient every two hours.
Skin Care Facts: Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Use this poster to display important facts about skin care necessary to avoid pressure ulcers.
Nursing Assistant Ostomy Competency Tool
A tool used to rate nursing assistants on their performance of critical elements of care for patients with ostomies.
Passport Exclusive: Strategies to Prevent Pressure Ulcers
In this video IHI Faculty Mamber Kathy Duncan, RN reviews the four recommended components of care and the supporting evidence for improvement outlined in the Prevent Pressure Ulcers How-to Guide.
Wound Competency: Identifying Pressure Ulcers and Other Wounds
This tool is used to educate nursing staff on the prevention and management of wounds. It lists critical elements for identifying pressure ulcers, determining their severity (stage), and differentiating them from other types of wounds.
Pressure Ulcer Plan of Care Tool
A grid identifying various elements of care for patients with pressure ulcers.
Daily Skin Care Flow Sheet
This tool is used by nurses to help identify the interventions needed for those patients with an identified deficit in any or all of the Braden sub-scales to help reduce the risk for pressure ulcers.