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

11 Oct 2016 | Other Topics

This report from the Health Quality & Safety Commission outlines a potential national approach to the measurement and reporting of pressure injuries.

It summarises the work undertaken so far and gives an indicative programme of work over the next one to two years, including methodology development and implementation across district health boards (DHBs) and other health care settings.

The Commission 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 Commission challenges health care professionals to keep pressure injury prevention an organisational priority, and consider how the proposals in this report can be implemented and/or strengthened.

The preferred method for data measurement and reporting 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

The Commission will establish a steering group to work with the sector to implement the proposed approach. We will engage a small number of DHB hospitals who are keen to work with us to refine the methodology, and then support spread of the proposed methodology across the sector, being mindful of existing systems in aged residential and community care settings. The approach will consider the infrastructure required to support the sector by streamlining and minimising the burden of reporting.

If you would like to know more please contact Gabrielle Nicholson.

Last updated 23/07/2017