Program reduces pressure ulcers by 30%

Share this article:

Techniques and processes promoted by the New Jersey Hospital Association's "Pressure Ulcer Collaborative" decreased pressure ulcer incidence by nearly one-third, officials announced last week.

The NJHA's Quality Institute first set up the special pressure ulcer panel a year ago. After six months of sharing preventive practices and best practices tips, a pilot group of facilities reported a 30% drop in pressure ulcer incidence.

"These preliminary results are promising and show that when communicating and working together, caregivers can learn from each other and improve patient outcomes," said Aline Homes, NJHA senior vice president of clinical affairs.

Leading experts and top national figures on resident safety and pressure ulcers discussed and recommended protocols. Pilot program participants focused on proper repositioning of residents who spend long periods in beds or wheelchairs; better observation; wound drainage; appropriate use of wet and dry dressings; and antibiotics to prevent infection when necessary.

About a third of the 125 nursing homes, hospitals and home care agencies in the collaborative took part in the pilot program. It tracked data from December 2005 through May 2006.
Share this article:

More in News

House leader urges HHS to end settlements meant to cut Medicare backlog

The Department of Health and Human Services may not have had the authority to offer providers special settlements to help clear a huge backlog of Medicare appeals, a leading Congressman said in a recent letter to the agency. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) is urging HHS ...

One-fifth of caregivers take 6 months or longer to choose a senior ...

A significant number of people take six months or longer to choose a senior care or housing option for a loved one, recently released survey results showed.

CMS releases updated Minimum Data Set manual

CMS releases updated Minimum Data Set manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an updated version of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument manual Friday.