The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which is a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, has announced a two-year initiative that will provide intensive technical assistance to a total of 20 hospitals to implement AHRQ evidence-based toolkits for pressure ulcer and fall reduction. Participating hospitals can choose to work on either or both topics. This program is complementary to the QIN-QIO and the HEN programs, in which many Massachusetts hospitals have participated. AHRQ is looking for good geographic and size diversity. The form here gives further details of the program. Interested hospitals must sign up by January 22.
Massachusetts hospitals post pressure ulcer and falls data, along with other nursing-sensitive care measures, on the PatientCareLink website. Massachusetts, through PatientCareLink was the first state to voluntarily make hospital staffing and nursing-sensitive quality information public.