Developing a national approach to the measurement and reporting of pressure injuries

11 Oct 2016 | Pressure Injury Prevention

Having a strong measurement approach in place means health care providers can measure the impact or success of their pressure injury improvement and prevention work and track change over time. This report, published in October 2016, outlines a potential national approach to the measurement and reporting of pressure injuries.

The Health Quality & Safety ommission engaged Sapere Research Group and a small group of experts from across the sector to:

  • describe the current approach to measuring and reporting pressure injuries in New Zealand
  • support development of a methodology to assess pressure injury prevalence, which can be used in hospitals, residential care and home care settings.

The preferred method for data measurement and reporting proposed in the report is monthly random sampling with a minimum sample size of five patients per ward/unit. This is adequate for maintaining focus on quality improvement and provides enough data to evaluate the effectiveness of quality improvement initiatives.

Next steps

During late 2016 and 2017 the Commission worked with a small number of DHB hospitals (Waikato, Whanganui, Capital and Coast, and Southern) to test the methodology. The outputs from this work (a ‘How To Guide’ and associated frequently asked questions document) can be found here.

Last updated 25/10/2021