||Podcast: Preventing Bed Sores
Debra: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Debra
James with Healthcare 411. Information for better health.
Debra: The On-time Quality Prevention Program helped staff at a nursing
home provide the best care possible for its residents at high risk of getting
bed-sores. The On-time system lets nursing assistants record information about
these residents electronically. Therefore, they could provide better, more
timely care, which helped prevent bed sores. Dr. Susan Horn explains.
Dr. Horn: "On-Time" helped clinicians at the nursing home work together
to identify residents who were at "high-risk" of getting bed sores. In fact,
On-Time reduced the percentage of nursing home residents with bed sores and led
to closer bedside monitoring of those most at risk. The same system is being put
to use in other care settings today, resulting in better care, by helping
medical staff make the best decisions when looking after their patients.
Debra: For more information visit
healthit.ahrq.gov/transformingquality. Healthcare 411 is a production of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.