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Table 6.2. Recommended Process Improvements for the Red Area Report

On-Time Quality Improvement Manual for Long-Term Care Facilities

StepRecommended ActionReport Worksheet
1Print and review list of residents on the report. Mark the report to indicate residents not known by nurse as having red areas and therefore requiring followup. The nurse typically does not mark residents if red areas are previously reported and are being treated."Requires Follow-Up". Mark residents requiring follow-up with check or 'x'.
2Assign staff member to recheck residents who require followup. 
3Recheck residents for red areas. 
4Update report worksheet with findings and return to charge nurse.
  • Write notes in "Followup Notes" section.
  • Mark "New" or "Existing" red area.
  • Leave "New" and "Existing" blank if no red area is noted.
5Charge nurse follows up on new information per facility protocols (e.g., implement standard interventions, notify provider and other team members, post on shift or 24-hour report). 
6Post red area list on communication board or medication cart (optional). 

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Current as of January 2011
Internet Citation: Table 6.2. Recommended Process Improvements for the Red Area Report: On-Time Quality Improvement Manual for Long-Term Care Facilities. January 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/long-term-care/resources/ontime/ontimeqimanual/qimanltab6-2.html