Increasing Competence in Pressure Injury Prevention Using Competency-Based Education in Adult Intensive Care Unit

Carla Aquino, Amanda Owen, Ashley Predicce, Stephanie Poe, Sharon L Kozachik

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Abstract

Background: There is a significant focus on pressure injury prevention to promote better patient outcomes and control health care cost. Local Problem: In 2016, the institution's pressure injury quarterly prevalence survey showed that two-thirds of the patients surveyed who developed unit-acquired pressure injury stage 2 and greater were in the adult intensive care units. Methods: The quality improvement project used a pre- and postintervention design. Interventions: The adult medical intensive care unit (MICU) executed a competency-based education project to increase staff implementation of pressure injury prevention. Results: Following initiation of competency-based education, staff documentation of pressure injury prevention implementation increased, and unit-acquired pressure injury stage 2 and greater rates were reduced. Conclusions: The use of a competency-based education program may be effective in increasing pressure injury prevention in the intensive care unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of nursing care quality
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • competency-based education
  • intensive care unit
  • nursing care
  • pressure injury prevention
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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