This is a group assignment. During Week 1, you will self-select and self-enroll to groups (3 persons/group). If enrollment numbers/changes require a different number, please coordinate with faculty. Faculty will assign your group a case study and data; this is what you will work with the remainder of the course to create your final QI report. Please find your case study and data, along with other project resources in “QI Project Resources: (button found on L-hand side of course site). The case study will prompt you to consider best practices regarding a particular clinical problem (e.g., preventing/reducing falls). Please note how Discussion board topics Weeks 2-4 prompt you to individually complete several portions of this project. Use the individual work done in these discussions and the opportunity to see others’ work and receive feedback to refine your group’s work on the final QI report.
You and your group mates are responsible for 1) initiating contact with each other, 2) exchanging contact information, 3) creating a timeline for assignment completion, 4) determining collaborative tools you’d like to use to complete the assignment (e.g., Google Docs), 5) identifying and assigning group roles and distributing work load evenly, and 6) maintaining effective communication with each other (e.g., conflict prevention and resolution, timely and frequent communication, etc.). Collaborative resources are available to assist you, under “Course Support” (L-hand side of course site).
Using your assigned project (i.e., case study/data), components of the final written report must include:
Background of the problem
Analysis of Current Condition
Action Plan for Each Indicator
There is no template for the written report; it is up to your group how to best present content in a professional and scholarly manner. Please include the following as part of your final product:
RCA(Root Cause Analysis):
1- There is only one WSCN for entire facility to provide wound care.
2– The WSCN only provides care on Monday-Friday from 8am-7pm.
3-The WSCN has no speciality certification or master’s degree in wound care.
4- Patients are only assessed once per shift, which should be assessed during every shift.
5- Nurses on the floor don’t have skills and proper training or education on assessment and treatment of pressure ulcers.
6- There is no clear path or protocol in wound care within the facility.
7- Lack of effective communication between nurses for patients who need wound care in case for any technical issue it doesn’t appear in generated computer list.
For hospitalized patients with restricted movement, does the use of I.S.K.I.N bundles reduce the future rate of HAPU compared to the current hospital regulations?
Best Available Evidence Action Plan
-Frequent position changes (at least every two hours)
-Avoid friction and shear when repositioning.
-When repositioning, use proper technique.
-Implement pressure relieving mattresses or surfaces.
-Avoid turning patient on an area that is already reddened related to pressure.
-For pressure ulcer prevention, do not rub or massage area.
-Emollients can be used to hydrate the skin.
-Barrier creams to protect skin from increased moisture.
-Frequent skin assessments per protocol.
-Nutritional risk assessments with interventions.
-Additional protein supplements in additional to their regular diet Alderden et al (2011) list the following best practices in preventing HAPU’s.
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