Poster Presentation

Thursday, July 12, 2007
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Thursday, July 12, 2007
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
This presentation is part of : Poster Presentation II
Implementation strategies to facilitate transdisciplinary uptake of a clinical practice guideline for risk reduction and prevention of pressure ulcers
Kathryn M. Ewers, RN, BA, MEd, Education and Development, Jackson Health Systems, Miami, FL, USA and Carol Coker, MSN, ARNP, CWOCN, Critical Care Administration, Jackson Health System, Miami, FL, USA.
Learning Objective #1: Identify evidence-based strategies thought to facilitate clinical practice guideline uptake.
Learning Objective #2: Discuss the implications of using evidence-based learning strategies to implement a clinical practice guideline on risk reduction and the prevention of pressure ulcers.

Most research on clinical practice guideline implementation has been directed to medical practice. However, as nursing and other professions are trying to improve practice via implementation of clinical practice guidelines, it is crucial that evaluation studies examine implementation strategies that are collectively useful for all health care professionals, as well as, those strategies that may be unique to each profession. This poster will describe a variety of  evidence-based strategies used to facilitate the uptake of a nursing clinical practice guideline to prevent pressure ulcers.  Implementation strategies directed to nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists and physicians will be addressed. A primary intervention was a series of intensive interactive educational champion workshops for pressure ulcer prevention. The target audience was nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists and physicians. Nurses, dieticians and physiotherapists actively participated in the workshops as a well as a pressure ulcer prevention educational fair. However, physician involvement has been limited. Future strategies being considered to engage physicians are: enlisting physician leadership support for inclusion in new physician orientations, establishing a collaborative practice with physician champions, and the introduction of interdisciplinary education rounds. Initial clinical outcomes have shown a dramatic decline in the prevalence of hospital acquired pressure ulcers.