Gold STAMP Program to Reduce Pressure Ulcers

Welcome to the New York State Gold STAMP (Success Through, Assessment, Management, and Prevention) Program to Reduce Pressure Ulcers.

The New York State Department of Health and other professional and provider organizations across the continuum of health care, have partnered together and developed a quality improvement program to reduce the incidence of facility acquired pressure ulcer's and ultimately improve care to patients and residents living with pressure ulcers.

The Gold STAMP Program has created educational tools to assist and support health care providers with the challenge of reducing pressure ulcers. These resources include an organizational self-assessment tool, and a resource guide aimed to help providers with strategic instructional information that will improve communication and reduce pressure ulcers within their setting and across the continuum.

About Gold Stamp

Mission Statement

The Gold STAMP Program to Reduce Pressure Ulcers in New York State is a coalition of organizations convened to provide evidence-based resources and education across the continuum of care in New York State in order to improve the assessment, management, and prevention of pressure ulcers.(STAMP: Success Through Assessment, Management, and Prevention)

Goals

  • Provide information and education across the continuum of care about evidence-based practices for pressure ulcer assessment, management, and prevention.
  • Promote collaboration and communication within and throughout the continuum of care related to pressure ulcer assessment, management, and prevention.
  • Provide strategic direction and support for pressure ulcer performance measurement.

Objectives

  • Establish and distribute an electronic resource guide of evidence-based practices and tools for the assessment, management, and prevention of pressure ulcers.
    • Provide these materials for health care providers as well as patients, residents and their families related to pressure ulcers, specifically to address patients/residents who currently have pressure ulcers and patients/residents who are at risk of developing pressure ulcers.
    • Provide tools which enable providers across the continuum of care to conduct assessments of their own organizational processes related to the assessment, management, and prevention of pressure ulcers.
    • Provide an overview on performance measures as it relates to pressure ulcers (i.e., incidence and prevalence).
  • Promote and facilitate communication within and across the continuum of care.
    • Distribute resources to existing local and regional collaborations focusing on pressure ulcer improvement.
  • Provide education which promotes the evidence-based practices for pressure ulcer improvement and communication within and between care settings.
  • Provide support and strategic direction for utilizing the tools and resources made available by the New York State Gold STAMP coalition.

A Patient Safety Issue A Remedy
  • Pressure ulcers (PU) are one of the five most common problems experienced by patients in healthcare facilities.
  • Pressure ulcers increased by 80% between 1993 and 2006*.
  • Pressure ulcers are both high cost and high volume adverse events, the majority of which can be prevented.
  • In 2006, the mean cost of treating a patient with the primary diagnosis of PU in a hospital was $1200/day.*
  • In a study published in 2008, SNF Residents', with Stage II pressure ulcers, median healing time was 46 days.**
  • In 2006, about 54% of hospitalized patients with a primary or secondary diagnosis of PU were discharged to a SNF.*
  • Pressure ulcers negatively impact the patient's quality of life by many times causing pain, reducing mobility, and inhibiting the individual's overall feeling of wellbeing.
  • There are evidence-based guidelines to inform practitioner and patient decisions about assessment, management and treatment of pressure ulcers.

  • Guidelines are intended for the use of professionals who are involved in the care of patients and vulnerable people at risk of developing pressure ulcers, whether they are in a hospital, long-term care, assisted living, at home or any other setting

  • The Gold STAMP Program to Reduce Pressure Ulcers in New York State is a coalition of organizations convened to provide evidence-based resources and education across the continuum of care in New York State to improve the assessment, management and prevention of pressure ulcers.
Sources: *NQF: National Voluntary Consensus for Developing a framework for Measuring Quality for Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers: April 8, 2009; and AHRQ Statistical Brief #64 Dec.2008
**Journal American Geriatric Society 56: 1252-1258,2008

Gold STAMP Photos:

Gold STAMP Regional Program presenters,
from left, Evelyn S. Alcontin, RN; Merlita Mateo, RN;
and Jacqueline Juele-Schuster, RN, share their
pressure ulcer prevention success story at the
Albany Regional Conference on November 10, 2010.
Photo by Tracey Boyd. Copyright Gannett Healthcare Group 2011.

Contact Members:

  1. Jacqueline O Pappalardi's Email: jop01@health.state.ny.us
  2. Jonaca L Martin's Email: jlm19@health.state.ny.us

Gold STAMP Resources:

Get Involved:

Many regions around New York State have already begun working with the Gold Stamp Program and using its educational tools to help reduce pressure ulcer rates in their facilities.

Begin by researching local health care facilities in your region in order to find out more about their program and to open the lines of communication. They may already have a quality improvement initiative in place that you can join.

It's important to remember that communication between care settings is critical in developing an action plan for quality improvement.

The Gold Stamp Program has already visited:

  • Albany - November 10, 2010 at the Healthcare Association of New York (HANY'S)
  • New York City - November 22, 2010 at Greater New York Hospital Association and Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (GNYHA-CCLC)
  • Westchester County (White Plains) - December 15, 2010 at Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NorMet)
  • Buffalo – January 21, 2011 at the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Long Island - February 8, 2011 at Parker Jewish Institute
  • Binghamton - June 2nd, 2011 at Lourdes Hospital

Upcoming Gold STAMP Events:

  • Please look out for upcoming conferences scheduled for Long Island - June 28, 2011 at Stony Brook University.

Gold STAMP in the News:

Gold STAMP was recently highlighted in an article in The Nursing Spectrum Magazine, and Nurse.com. Access the article here: