This section provides an overview of AHRQ’s Pressure Injury Prevention Program and the associated training curriculum.
AHRQ’s Pressure Injury Prevention Program grew out of a 3-year AHRQ-funded pilot initiative whose purpose was threefold:
- To develop training resources that provide guidance on how to use and implement into practice the tools and strategies outlined in AHRQ’s Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care.
- To provide training and ongoing technical assistance—using the newly developed training curriculum—to a cohort of hospitals selected to implement the Toolkit.
- To evaluate the impact of implementing AHRQ’s Toolkit, combined with training and technical assistance, on participating hospitals’ pressure injury-related outcomes.
AFYA, Inc., led the project team, with support from partners ECRI Institute and Stratis Health. During the first year of the initiative, AFYA and its partners designed and developed a focused training curriculum based on AHRQ’s Toolkit (see Training Curriculum below). In addition, they recruited 11 varied and geographically diverse hospitals to participate in a 2-year pilot implementation program. Quality improvement specialists (QISs) supported hospital implementation through structured training and ongoing technical assistance. The project team developed this Guide to share participating hospitals’ implementation strategies, experiences, and lessons learned with hospitals like yours.
The training curriculum is designed to help hospitals implement AHRQ’s Pressure Ulcer Prevention Toolkit. It is composed of an in-person training and supplementary webinars.
This 6-hour interactive working meeting provides an opportunity to discuss your hospital’s current needs, policies, and procedures. The training supports adult learning and allows participating staff to immediately apply their new knowledge to their pressure injury reduction efforts.
The in-person training has the following objectives:
- Educate your hospital leadership and Implementation Team on the AHRQ Pressure Ulcer Prevention Toolkit to facilitate the change process in your hospital.
- Develop hospital-specific action plans for implementing a Pressure Injury Prevention Program using the Toolkit.
- Identify some of the specific challenges for pressure injury prevention in your hospital.
- Use and adapt the tools and resources contained in the Toolkit to implement the Pressure Injury Prevention Program.
The in-person training is broken into five training modules that are aligned with key sections of the AHRQ Pressure Ulcer Prevention Toolkit:
- Module 1: Understanding Why Change Is Needed.
- Module 2: How To Manage Change.
- Module 3: Best Practices in Pressure Injury Prevention.
- Module 4: How To Implement the Pressure Injury Prevention Program in Your Organization.
- Module 5: How To Measure Pressure Injury Rates and Prevention Practices.
Each module includes participant slides. It also includes an instructor training guide with the following sections:
- Module Aim.
- Module Goals.
- Learning Methodology Checklist.
- Materials Checklist.
- Additional Related Training Resources.
- Instructor Preparation.
- Supplementary Webinars:
- These 12 recorded webinars (six training webinars and six Learning Network webinars) are intended to supplement the in-person training. Training participants should view them outside of the in-person training.
- It is strongly recommended that participants view all six training webinars during the Training Phase (see Pressure Injury Prevention Program Phases: Training Phase). The Learning Network webinars are intended for use by relevant staff on an as-needed basis. Appendix C describes the supplementary webinars in more detail.
Alignment With Toolkit
The training modules and supplementary webinars were designed to align with AHRQ’s Pressure Ulcer Prevention Toolkit. Table 1 shows how they align.
Table 1. Training Module and Webinar Alignment With Toolkit
|Toolkit Chapter Guiding Question
|Learning Network Webinar
Are we ready for this change?
|Module 1: Understanding Why Change Is Needed
How will we manage change?
|Module 2: How To Manage Change
What are the best practices in pressure ulcer prevention that we want to use?
|Module 3: Best Practices in Pressure Injury Prevention
How do we implement best practices in our organization?
|Module 4: How To Implement the Pressure Injury Prevention Program in Your Organization
How do we measure our pressure ulcer rates and practices?
|Module 5: How To Measure Pressure Injury Rates and Prevention Practices
How do we sustain the redesigned prevention practices?
|Module 1: Understanding Why Change Is Needed (and throughout training modules)