miércoles, 13 de agosto de 2014

Introduction | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

Introduction | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Advancing Excellence in Health Care

August 13 Webinar To Focus on Preventing Falls in Long-Term Care Settings

AHRQ is hosting the fourth in a series of four webinars August 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET on the use of “Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities Training Modules”. The webinar, developed for nurses and staff educators in long-term care facilities, will focus on falls prevention and management. Continuing education credits will be available to participants at no cost. Registration is free, but space is limited. The first three webinars provided an overview of the series, tools to train staff on how to detect change in a resident’s condition and tools on how best to communicate change in a resident’s condition. Registrationis open.


Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities: Training Modules, Instructor Guide

Since the Institute of Medicine issued its landmark report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System,1 in 1999, there have been tremendous strides toward improving patient safety and reducing medical errors in health care facilities. Substantial improvements have taken place in hospitals, in particular, yet progress on this front has been spotty in nursing homes and other longterm care facilities. Some of the reasons for this include differences in the patient populations served, the dual role of nursing homes as both health care and residential facilities, and staffing challenges that include high levels of turnover, wide variation in education levels, and varied cultural and language backgrounds.

Training nursing home staff—particularly nursing staff—to be on the lookout for changes in a nursing home resident's condition and to effectively communicate those changes is one tool nursing home administrators can employ to improve patient safety, create a more resident-centered environment, and reduce the number of falls and fall-related injuries.

Detecting and promptly reporting changes in a nursing home resident's condition are critical for ensuring the resident's well-being and safety. Such changes may represent a patient safety problem, and they can be a signal that the resident is at increased risk for falling and other complications. All staff members share responsibility for noticing and reporting both physical changes (e.g., difficulty with balance, increased frailty or weakness, changes in urination and/or bowel patterns) and nonphysical changes (e.g., increased or decreased appetite, signs of withdrawal, confusion, or agitation) in a resident's condition.

These educational materials are intended for use in training front-line personnel in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The materials were developed by RAND Corporation, with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). These training materials are organized into three modules:

This Instructor Guide presents training materials for all three modules, including suggested slides and pre- and post-tests to gauge the students' knowledge level before and after training. There is no need for instructors to flip from one section to another when using these modules, as some of the basic information (e.g., information on teaching methods) is repeated in each module, to ensure that each module is a complete teaching guide. Separate student workbooks are available for each module. Facilities can use the modules sequentially or independently, and the content can be tailored to fit the needs of individual facilities.
Current as of June 2012
Internet Citation: Introduction: Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities: Training Modules, Instructor Guide. June 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/long-term-care/resources/facilities/ptsafety/ltcgdintro.html

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