Preventing Patient Harm: Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Reduction

A recent Kaizen Event focused on preventing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers through collaboration of an inter-professional team.

The team used lean methodology to identify ways to reduce pressure ulcer incidence and improve accurate documentation of pressure ulcers for both nursing and providers. 8 BedTower and the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center are currently piloting these interventions, which will be measured continuously for 30, 60, 90 days before spreading to other areas of the hospital. For additional information, please check out the team’s newsletter from their Kaizen Week.

Preventing Patient Harm is a program aimed at reducing hospital-acquired infections and patient safety indicators. Although we have done much work to prevent patient harm over the past decade, this work is gathering even more momentum, with tremendous efforts underway or planned across the medical center. While improvements have been realized, the work of continually improving care will forever be ongoing. To learn more about the program, please visit the Intranet site here.

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