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A focus on pressure injuries —preventing the most frequent and
costliest hospital-acquired condition
Pressure Injury Survey Results (internal access only)
Therapeutic, Bariatric and Safety Support Surface Algorithm (internal access only)
"I Can Lift You Up"
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Preventing hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI) is a top priority for healthcare organizations across the country. At MGH, the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Group and, in particular, the CNS Wound Care Task Force, as well as Professional Development Specialists from the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development educate staff throughout the hospital about best practices related to preventing HAPU. Several years ago, the “Save Our SKIN” (SOS) program was introduced. The program deputizes all staff as SKIN Savers and employs the SKIN Bundle as a framework for safe SKIN practices. During the past year, the overall quarterly pressure injury prevalence rate has remained at a consistently low rate of 1.1% to 1.9%.
Policies, Procedures & Guidelines:
(internal access only)
Quality & Safety Committee:
Meets: 4th Tuesday monthly
Sweet Room, GRB 432
Effectiveness of Silicone-Coated Foam Dressings on Prevention of Pressure Injuries - Poster Presentation
Incidence of Skin Breakdown in Orally Intubated Patients - Poster Presentation
Preventing hospital-acquired pressure injuries — Caring Headlines, February 4, 2016
Blake 6 explores barriers to using ceiling-lifts — Caring Headlines, November 21, 2013
A Multidisciplinary and Cost-effective Approach to Improving Nutritional Status of Patients at Risk for Pressure Injuries in Two In-patient Adult Medical Units for Improved Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes
Risk assessment tool: Braden Scale
Pressure injury staging:
National Dataset of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Online Education Program
(internal access only)
Did You Know Posters
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The mission of AHRQ is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.
AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Reviews
"Pressure Injury Risk Assessment and Prevention: Comparative Effectiveness (May, 2013)
American Board of Wound Management (AAWM)
A national inter-disciplinary certifying board for healthcare professionals involved in wound care.
American College of Certified Wound Specialists (ACCWS)
Comprised of interdisciplinary wound care professionals who are certified as Certified Wound Specialists® (CWS®). The ACCWS provides education, informational resources and research avenues to enhance the knowledge, skills, professional performance and relationships required by health professionals to serve their patients, public, and professions.
Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC)
A multidisciplinary organization that spreads awareness about advanced, evidence based wound care by promoting excellence in education, clinical practice, public policy, and research. (Membership required.) AAWC Pressure Injury Guidelines (2016)
(National Library of Medicine and the National
Institutes of Health): A comprehensive directory that links to different educational resources from reputable organizations on a variety of health topics.
National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPUAP)
An independent not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the prevention and management of pressure injuries.
World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS)
The mission of the WUWHS is to enhance the life of persons with wounds worldwide.
Wound Healing Society
Composed of clinical and basic scientists and wound care specialists, the mission of the WHS is to improve wound healing outcomes through science, professional education, and communication.
Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing (WOCN)
A professional nursing society that supports its members by promoting educational, clinical, and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies, and incontinence. (Membership required.) WOCN Pressure Injury Guidelines (2016)
National Patient Safety Goal 14.01.01
Pressure Injuries (Risk assessment tools, preventative actions)
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