Whanganui rest homes and hospital services seek opportunities for improvement

5 December 2016
The Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has announced this year’s week-long Nurse Care Sensitive Indicator Survey begins today, Monday 5 December with 11 of Whanganui and Marton’s 13 aged care facilities and a range of Whanganui Hospital services seeking opportunities for improvement.

Whanganui Hospital’s Medical and Surgical Wards, Critical Care Unit, Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation Unit (including the Acute Stroke Unit), District Nursing, Stanford House and Te Awhina will be scrutinised to make sure they, and participating aged care facilities, are providing ongoing improvements to their quality of care.

The survey measures four care items which include falls risk, continence, pressure injury prevention and malnutrition. The findings from the November 2014 survey resulted in the introduction of new screening and assessment tools and an integrated care plan.

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) associate director of nursing Jevada Haitana says as happened in previous years, registered and enrolled nurses will work with UCOL nursing students to undertake a brief skin assessment for pressure points and ask questions about the four care items.
The estimated assessment time with patients is around 20 minutes. The staff audit will look for relevant information in patient files.
Regionally, Hawkes Bay, Capital and Coast, Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs are also undertaking the survey using the same processes and tools used by Whanganui DHB.
Mrs Haitana extends her thanks to the residents and patients who’ve agreed to participate in the survey which she says provides the WDHB and aged care facilities with valuable information used to enhance their care.

“I want to also acknowledge the support we receive from WDHB, UCOL and aged care facility staff whose assistance enables us to complete this work.”