Finally, in the news for nurses this week let’s take a look at a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the prevalence of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). There is a some good news to report here that I think ties back into how nurses do our jobs. Since 2010, the reported incidence of HACs has dropped over 17% based on recent data.
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This report comes from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a subdivision of HHS. As one public health official said, this represents real people who did not die as a result of a complication contracted while in the hospital. The data saw a decrease in three of the top HACs including adverse drug events, pressure ulcers, and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs).
Recognize anything about these things. I feel like I should do some sort of Sesame Street thing, three of things have one thing in common. What is it? Nurses. All of these HACs are directly impacted by high-quality nursing care and interventions. Nurses give the meds and there are fewer medication errors causing adverse drug events. Nurses turn and move patients, assessing for skin breakdown, resulting in fewer pressure ulcers forming, and nurses manage and monitor urinary catheters, resulting in fewer related urinary tract infections.
This is a win that owes it success to the nurses providing care in over 3,000 hospitals that contributed to this report. I say kudos, way to go, and boy am I proud to be a nurse! Pat yourselves on the back for moment and then get back to the work of continuing to reduce these numbers over the next four years. I’ll be here to report on it and let you know how you’re doing.
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Diabetes Vision Loss Risks Mitigated and Episode 373.