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Am J Med Qual. 2008 Mar-Apr;23(2):136-42. doi: 10.1177/1062860607313145. Epub 2008 Mar 6.

Creation and implementation of a pressure ulcer prevention bundle improves patient outcomes.

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Stony Brook University Medical Center Hospital, Stony Brook, New York 11733-9156, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Increased pressure ulcer prevalence and incidence rates led to the development of a pressure ulcer prevention program.

OBJECTIVES:

To decrease pressure ulcer rates below national levels by implementing strategies to improve patient outcomes.

METHODS:

Patients admitted to the Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC) are assessed for placement in the pressure ulcer prevention program. The central element of the program is an evidence-based Pressure Ulcer Prevention Bundle using the "Bundle" concept from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

RESULTS:

The March 2006 Prevalence and Incidence Benchmarking Study demonstrates not only a decrease in institutional prevalence and incidence rates but also places SBUMC rates below last year's national benchmark rates.

CONCLUSION:

The implementation of a pressure ulcer prevention program has decreased prevalence and incidence rates at SBUMC and improved the quality of patient care.

PMID:
18326049
DOI:
10.1177/1062860607313145
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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