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Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2006 Sep;32(9):488-96.

Eliminating facility-acquired pressure ulcers at Ascension Health.

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Patient Care Services, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. wanda.gibbons@jaxhealth.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In 2004, as part of Ascension Health's "Healthcare That Is Safe" initiative, St. Vincent's Medical Center, as an alpha site, was charged with defining best practices to eliminate facility-acquired pressure ulcers. A comprehensive plan, including the "SKIN" (Surfaces, Keep the patients turning, Incontinence management, Nutrition) bundle, was developed.

RESULTS:

The incidence of pressure ulcers decreased from > 2% to < 1% from December 2004 through February 2006. No new Stage III or IV facility-acquired pressure ulcers occurred between August 2004 and February 2006. Weekly SKIN operations meetings and use of the SKIN process tool ensured that all at-risk patients were receiving appropriate interventions. REPORTING AND SPREAD: The alpha site work and SKIN bundle were presented to all 67 Ascension Health acute care facilities at a rapid-design-format Pressure Ulcer Summit in mid 2005. All acute care facilities agreed to a single model of care using the SKIN bundle and common measures of quality and performance.

DISCUSSION:

The St. Vincent's alpha site initiative in pressure ulcer prevention, enabled it to identify at-risk populations, implement appropriate actions, and achieve positive, measurable, meaningful results.

CONCLUSION:

The SKIN program was adopted and is being implemented throughout Ascension Health.

PMID:
17987872
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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