Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Improvement Update

AHRQ Tool Helps Improve Pressure Ulcer Healing in Nursing Homes with EMR

A new online resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Safety Program for Nursing Homes: On-Time Pressure Ulcer Healing will help nursing home change teams use electronic medical records (EMRs) to effectively monitor and manage residents pressure ulcers.  The program uses the On-Time Pressure Ulcer Assessment to provide a set of structured, standardized data elements for comprehensive documentation of weekly pressure ulcer characteristics as well as treatments and interventions. The assessment tool guides clinicians to systematically assess residents with pressure ulcers and thus helps less-experienced clinicians assess and care for these residents. The tool also serves the most experienced clinicians in their pressure ulcer management practice.

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