AHRQ Update: Preventing Pressure UlcersAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sent this bulletin at 01/08/2014 03:29 PM EST
New research supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality(AHRQ) found that implementing the On-Time Quality Improvement for Long Term Care (On-Time) Program, a clinical decision support intervention, led to a significant reduction in pressure ulcers. “Evaluation of AHRQ’s On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program: A Facilitator Assisted Clinical Decision Support Intervention for Nursing Homes” appeared online December 26, 2013 inMedical Care. The program’s components, including IT enabled identification of high-risk residents, reports that profile residents with recent changes in risk, strategies to integrate reports into care planning, and guided facilitation to support adoption of tools and strategies, show a large and statistically significant reduction in pressure ulcer incidence when implemented, suggesting that widespread adoption could increase patient safety.
To access the abstract, select: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24374408.