Quality Improvement Program to Reduce the Prevalence of Pressure Ulcers in an Intensive Care Unit

Rosalind Elliott, RN, MN; Sharon McKinley, RN, PhD; Vicki Fox, RN, BN, Intensive Care Nursing Cert


Am J Crit Care. 2008;17(4):328-334. 

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This program emphasizes the value of using quality approaches to practice improvement (ie, plan, do, study, act) and the incorporation of evidence into practice.[21] The multifaceted approach to providing information together with the timely feedback of providing actual outcome data appears to have resulted in a significant change in culture. In addition, the program has highlighted the value of emphasizing the essential aspects of care that ensure patients' safety and recovery within a health care environment that has increasingly given technology greater importance.[27] The nurses who undertook this important improvement in care have reclaimed the responsibility for ensuring that essential aspects of care are given appropriate priority.


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