Clinical Decision Support Reports Linked to Reduced Pressure Ulcers
January 17, 2014 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Nursing homes implementing a clinical decision support program saw a “large and statistically significant” reduction in pressure ulcers, according to an article published online December 26, 2013, in Medical Care. Participating nursing homes used electronic health records (EHRs) to generate weekly and daily reports based on nurse and certified nursing aide documentation of factors such as resident nutrition (including decreased meal intake), weight, continence, catheter use, behavioral changes, and presence of new or worsening pressure ulcers. Nursing staff implemented evidence-based interventions based on concerns raised in the reports.