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Master of Science
Background: Research has shown that visual turn reminders can improve patient repositioning to prevent pressure injuries. The aim of this quality improvement project was to improve adherence to repositioning by increasing the perceived usefulness of the visual turn reminder.
Methods: A pre-intervention survey was distributed to 70 staff members with 22 responses. Staff were given the opportunity to recommend changes to the visual reminders and were informed that feedback would lead to the identification of common themes. Based on feedback, high visibility turn reminders were developed and implemented on the unit. A post-intervention survey was distributed to the same 70 staff members with 17 responses to determine the impact the improvement had on the unit.
Results: A pre-intervention mean score of 3.18 (SD 0.89, Range 1-5) was noted for a question about turn reminder use which improved to 4.00 (SD 0.59, Range 1-5) following the intervention. For the question regarding whether or not the turn reminder helps communication, the pre-intervention score of 3.59 (SD 0.65, Range 1-5) improved to 3.64 (SD 0.58, Range 1-5).
Conclusions: Perceived usefulness of the turn reminder improved as noted by more reported use and the perception that the reminder facilitated communication. This project supports the implementation of high visibility turn reminders and emphasizes the importance of incorporating staff feedback into interventions at the point of care.
McGough, Sydney Elizabeth, "Improving the patient repositioning process: A quality improvement project" (2022). Master's Theses and Capstones. 1594.