Care bundle to prevent pressure injury
A pressure injury is an area of localised damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by pressure or shearing force.
In Australia, hospital acquired pressure injuries range from 7.4% to 17.4%. The issue is now listed as an NSQHS Standard and reviewed for hospital accreditation.
Professors Tracey Bucknall (CIB) and Wendy Chaboyer (CIA), together with other researchers from Griffith University, Australian Catholic University and University of the Sunshine Coast, were awarded a $1.07 million NHMRC Project Grant to carry out a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a patient-centred care bundle to prevent pressure injuries in ‘at-risk’ patients (INTACT trial).
A care bundle consists of a structured group of interventions, based on best research evidence, that are used to improve patient outcomes. The trial includes three Victorian sites including Alfred Health.