AGH Gets Good Marks in National Study of Pain Control
In November 2011, AGH participated as a pilot site in the second phase
of a national research study focused on the quality of care provided for
patients who had experienced pain within the last 24 hours. The study
was sponsored by the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI).
The report for the second phase of the study shows that Atlantic General
Hospital’s patients trust their nurses when it comes to pain management,
with 100 percent of patients surveyed stating that they felt their nurses
believed them when they described the level of their pain. The national
average was 79 percent. AGH also surpassed the national average for the
percentage of patients who felt the medication they received worked well
to control their pain.
“This is what research is all about - studying data so that we can
continue to do what we do well and always seek to better our practice
for improved nursing outcomes,” said Colleen Wareing, vice president
of patient care services. “This data really targets our strengths
and areas we might be able to improve upon for the effective management
of our patients’ pain.”
Atlantic General has reported consistently positive data for the study
in both phases.
As a result of Atlantic General’s performance in the first phase,
the hospital’s nursing staff was asked to submit their pain assessment
tools to be included in an online tool kit for best practices in pain
The goal of the flow sheet AGH submitted is to provide nursing staff with
“user-friendly” tools that are effective and efficient in
assessing pain, associated interventions, and safety, as well as monitoring
response to analgesia. Vital signs, pain status, and sedation are included
along with assessment scales and criteria for when to call the physician.
The assessment of patients’ pain is always a priority at AGH and
pain is reassessed on an ongoing basis.
About the NDNQI Pain Care Quality Research Study
This initiative is part of the Pain Care Quality project, a partnership
of the University of Utah’s College of Nursing and the National
Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, with the support of the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative.
NDNQI’s mission is to aid the registered nurse in patient safety
and quality improvement efforts by providing research-based national comparative
data on nursing care and the relationship to patient outcomes.
About Atlantic General Hospital
Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the
residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) Counties
since May 1993. Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated
community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md.
combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology
and services. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than
25 primary care provider and specialist offices, care for residents and
visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General
Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.