Despite numerous initiatives addressing pressure injuries, pressure injuries still can and do occur at many hospitals, and at rates that continues to place a burden on the patient, hospital, and healthcare system. This activity will discuss how nurses can strive to conduct, and potentially publish, quality improvement projects related to pressure injuries in their organization. Specifically, discussion will include how to design and build quality improvement projects to address the gaps between current performance and desired performance and improve pressure injury prevention at your hospital. The core steps of QI, along with an IHI Model for Improvement, are highlighted, plus an interactive QI pressure injury activity.
After completing this continuing nursing education activity, nurses will be able to reduce the incidence of pressure injury development by using the IHI Model for Improvement and Focus-PDSA process to determine specific outcome and process measures for quality improvement projects to:
• Improve, test, and implement nursing interventions designed to identify patients at risk of developing a pressure injury;
• Improve the frequency of skin inspection/re-inspection for hospitalized patients; and
• Increase the use of pressure injury prevention plans.
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