Date of Graduation
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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Problem: A hospital-acquired pressure injury (HAPI) education deficit was recognized on an inpatient medical surgical unit through chart audits. There is an opportunity to educate staff on how to use the Braden Scale and how to properly manage the patient’s plan of care with the entire care team. The unit has seen high staff turnover and an increase in travel nurses so a quality improvement project that improves education and training for new staff is needed.
Context: The 34-bed medical surgical nursing unit under analysis is a unit with an emphasis in orthopedic surgeries and general medical surgical overflow. The unit is currently challenged with the management of HAPIs. There is minimal education for nursing staff and lack of standardization in documentation of the Braden Scale tool for the prevention of HAPIs.
Intervention: The process of standardizing HAPI prevention management with a multidisciplinary approach through unit education is the project intervention. Up-to-date training and education for staff on HAPIs and the Braden Scale tool will be implemented and will standardize unit practices.
Measures: Accurate nursing documentation of the Braden Scale tool with documentation of patient care interventions in the electronic medical record (EMR) through chart review and audits will be the measure of determining whether this project is successful.
Results: Streamlining HAPI documentation and education leads to correct documentation of Braden Scale tool and appropriate patient interventions.
Conclusion: Improved education and enhancement of the multidisciplinary approach to HAPI patient care results in better patient outcomes and elimination of HAPIs.
O'Leary, Julianne C., "Quality Improvement Project: Pressure Injury Prevention" (2022). Master's Projects and Capstones. 1383.
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