One of 11 hospitals selected
by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
for pressure ulcer study
(Hartford, Conn. August 13,
2015) - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been
chosen by the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality (AHRQ) to participate in a multi-level, two-year national
study for improving quality of care in the prevention of pressure ulcers.
year more than 2.5 million people in the United States develop pressure
ulcers. These skin lesions bring pain,
associated risk for serious infection, and increased health services utilization.
The aim of the study is to assist hospital staff in implementing effective
pressure ulcer prevention practices through an interdisciplinary approach.
sores, also known as pressure ulcers or bed sores, are caused by application of
extra pressure over patches of skin. Pressure sores are commonly seen among the
very young or in the elderly who are immobile for prolonged periods of time.
“Our selection for this study
is a sign of our Hospital’s rigorous dedication and disciplined stewardship for
promoting better outcomes for our patients,” said Denise
M. Peterson, RN, MSHCA, NEA-BC, FACHE, Vice President, Professional Nursing
Practice and Quality, Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Francis. “Our goal is to
improve patient care using best practices that may be transferable across the healthcare
"Saint Francis is committed to eliminating
preventable harm. We are doing so by using multi-disciplinary teams,
leading-edge patient safety techniques, and improving overall quality of care,”
said Surendra Khera, M.D., Vice President Medical Affairs, Chief Medical
Officer, Chief Quality Officer at Saint Francis. “We believe that continuous
self-assessment and improvement are the hallmarks of a hospital that is a
leader in patient care.”
the study, a multidisciplinary team at Saint Francis will develop proactive
strategies and evidence-based protocols to prevent the occurrence of pressure
ulcers. Two hospital units have been identified so far to participate in the
Francis will utilize a toolkit developed by AHRQ to highlight specific clinical
areas. AHRQ’s toolkit
will enable Saint Francis to make the data used for those measures clinically consistent
with other participating hospitals
toolkit was created in 2011 by a core team with expertise in pressure ulcers
and organizational change at the Boston University School of Public Health, Excelsior College School of Nursing,
and Montana State University-Bozeman. An expert advisory panel and
quality improvement teams at six participating medical centers provided input
and testing, which at the time was not supported by a specific large-scale
implementation program as part of its development.
toolkit‘s content draws on literature on best practices in pressure ulcer
prevention and includes both validated and newly developed tools.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) no longer provides additional reimbursement
to hospitals to care for a patient who has acquired a pressure ulcer while
under a hospital‘s care. A number of best practices have been shown to be
effective in reducing the occurrence of pressure ulcers, but these practices
are not used systematically in all hospitals.
mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more
accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the
evidence is understood and used.
Saint Francis Care
Francis Care is an integrated
healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.
Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the
largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other major entities of Saint
Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners.
Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital
and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a
network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office
centers sited throughout the region. For more information, visit www.stfrancisCare.com.