Pressure Injury Prevention Project

Aim

To foster best practice in the prevention and management of pressure injuries within NSW health facilities.

Benefits

Enhance patient safety by promoting pressure injury prevention and management among health care professionals and patients, in line with the Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury 2012 as evidence based practice.

Support local health districts (LHDs) and Networks to meet the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards - Standard 8, Preventing and Managing Pressure Injury.

Summary

The project promotes a comprehensive, systematic approach to pressure injury prevention and management in NSW health facilities. A strong focus on prevention is required, because many pressure injuries are highly preventable and have considerable impact on patients and health services.

A key initiative of the project is to review/update the NSW pressure injury policy and work collaboratively with the Ministry of Health’s (MoH), Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO), the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and the Health Education Training Institute (HETI) to support implementation of the revised policy.

Background

In October 2012 the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) established the project to foster best practice in the prevention and management of pressure injuries in NSW health facilities.

The CEC is supporting LHDs/Networks to implement the 2012 Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury as evidence-based practice.

In line with the guideline the project aims to increase awareness of pressure injuries among health care professionals, by assisting health professionals to:

  • identify patients at risk
  • identify strategies to assess pressure injuries and factors related to their risk
  • prevent or delay complications
  • optimise management of pressure injuries
  • optimise quality of life.

A steering committee has been established with representatives from all LHDs/Networks to inform the project and develop resources to support LHDs/Networks to improve pressure injury prevention and management across NSW health facilities.

Partnerships

  • HETI
  • ACI
  • Ambulance Service  NSW
  • MoH - NaMO 
  • HealthShare NSW

Key Dates

January 2013CEC Pressure Injury Prevention steering committee was established with representatives from all LHD/Networks. Five sub working groups of the steering committee have developed resources to support implementation of the revised policy.
March 2014Release of PD2014_007 Pressure Injury Prevention and Management Policy (revision of earlier policy).
March 2014Launch of the Pressure Injury Prevention project and resources to support the implementation of the revised policy.

Pilot Sites

Implementation Sites

Evaluation

The evaluation framework for the project is currently being developed.

A Pressure Injury Prevention Monitoring and Auditing framework has been developed and is available on the CEC website.

Related Initiatives

Further Details

More information about the project and relevant resources are available at:

http://www.cec.health.nsw.gov.au/programs/pressure-injury-prevention-project

Email: pressureinjury@cec.health.nsw.gov.au

Contact

Maree Connolly
Project Officer
maree.connolly@health.nsw.gov.au
02 9269 5574

Paul Curtis
Director, Clinical Governance
paul.curtis@health.nsw.gov.au
02 9269 5569

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