The pressure injury quality and safety markers (QSMs) are inhospital focused and reporting started in 2018–19. The data is reported to the Health Quality & Safety Commission by district health boards (DHBs) on a quarterly basis.
DHBs collect the data by audit of inpatients (with some exclusions, ie, patients in emergency departments, day-stay patients, patients on last-days-of-life pathways, patients in delivery suites, patients in acute mental health units).
They are used to demonstrate change (improvement) over time.
The pressure injury QSMS are:
- process 1: percentage of patients with a documented and current pressure injury assessment
- process 2: percentage of at-risk patients with a documented and current individualised care plan with specific pressure injury actions
- outcome 1: percentage of patients with a hospital-acquired pressure injury (HAPI)
- outcome 2: percentage of patients with a non-HAPI.
The same group of patients must be used for both the process and outcome QSMs.
For more information about the pressure injury QSMs please go to:
- pressure injury measurement webpage: www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/pressure-injury-prevention/measurement/
- frequently asked questions about pressure injury measurement: www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/pressure-injury-prevention/publications-and-resources/publication/3128/.
For more general information about the Commission’s QSMs please go to: www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/health-quality-evaluation/projects/quality-and-safety-markers/.