In November, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) released a new edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards(NSQHSS). The ACSQHC has presented the new edition as less siloed and more integrated, with a greater emphasis on clinical leadership. The standards have been consolidated and streamlined, and in this edition pressure injury is positioned as one component of a comprehensive care standard. In the first edition there were 22 actions required to prevent and manage pressure injury, while the second edition contains 3 actions. Wounds Australia is concerned that this will impact on patient outcomes and in the post below, CEO Anne Buck discusses why she is calling for a more comprehensive and evidence-based approach to reducing the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure injury.
Pressure injury focus downgraded in new standards: peak body (Nursing Review, 8 December 2017)
The peak body for wound care and management, Wounds Australia, voiced its concerns that the new set of standards will lead to more pressure injuries in Australia. Wounds Australia chief executive Anne Buck said the peak is disappointed that the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has “downgraded” the focus on pressure injury, and says it's worried more patients will develop pressure injuries as a result.