Pressure Injury Prevention Program Implementation Guide

Prepared for:
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Contract No.: HHSA290201200017I Task Order No. 2

Prepared by:
AFYA, Inc., Laurel, MD

About the Pressure Injury Prevention Program Implementation Guide

Purpose of the Guide

This Pressure Injury1 Prevention Program Implementation Guide is for hospital leaders and others who want to launch a structured pressure injury prevention initiative based on quality improvement (QI) principles. It tells how to implement the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) Pressure Injury Prevention Program and the associated training curriculum. The Guide focuses on the tasks your hospital’s Implementation Team will perform during the initiative.

How To Use This Guide

Throughout this Guide, you’ll find strategies for using AHRQ’s training curriculum, along with links to webinars, tools, and other helpful resources. It has the following sections:

To ensure that you understand the timeline and activities associated with AHRQ’s Pressure Injury Prevention Program, please read through the entire Guide before launching your hospital’s initiative. Revisit relevant sections as your Implementation Team carries out each phase.


1. In April 2016, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced a change in terminology from “pressure ulcer” to “pressure injury,” and updated the stages of pressure injury. Therefore, this Guide uses the term “pressure injury” except in cases where an existing document uses the term “pressure ulcer.”

Page last reviewed October 2017
Page originally created September 2017
Internet Citation: Pressure Injury Prevention Program Implementation Guide. Content last reviewed October 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/pressureinjurypxtraining/implguide.html
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