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Attention hospitals: FREE AHRQ training and technical assistance initiative to reduce falls and/or pressure ulcers.


Falls and pressure ulcers (PUs) are serious hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) that cost billions of dollars each year to treat. Falls account for at least 40 percent of all accidents in hospitals, and about 15 percent of acute-care patients develop PUs. Both of these HACs result in:

  • Longer hospital stays
  • Greater likelihood of patient readmission within 30 days after discharge
  • Higher rates of patient discharge from hospitals into institutional or long-term care facilities, instead of back into the community

    These issues greatly impact quality of life for the affected patients.

    To motivate hospitals to reduce these HACs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) no longer pays the costs associated with treating patients who fall or acquire stage III or IV PUs in the hospital.

    FREE help is at hand!


    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is leading a patient safety initiative to reduce the incidence of falls and PUs in hospital settings. This federally-funded project is offered free of charge to qualifying hospitals. It uses AHRQ toolkits that teach:

  • The importance of falls and PU prevention
  • Best practices in falls and PU prevention
  • How to implement and sustain best practices in falls and PU prevention
  • How to measure falls and PU rates and practices
  • How to develop a staff training program on falls and PU prevention

  • Trained hospital quality improvement specialists will work with selected hospitals for two years to provide training, technical assistance, and ongoing support via in-person workshops, Webinars, and regular conference calls. In addition, the hospitals will participate in a learning network to share experiences, challenges, and solutions.

    What does this initiative look like?


    AHRQ will train hospital staff to implement changes (2 months):

  • 8 hours of in-person training with two hospital quality improvement (QI) specialists
  • 8 weeks of weekly phone meetings with two hospital QI specialists
  • Seven training Webinars delivered by subject matter experts (SMEs)

  • AHRQ will help hospitals prepare to implement changes (2 months):

  • Technical assistance via biweekly phone meetings with two hospital QI specialists

  • AHRQ will help hospital implement changes (8 months):

  • Technical assistance via biweekly phone meetings with two hospital QI specialists
  • Access to learning network via monthly 1-hour Webinars with SMEs and other participating hospitals to share experiences, challenges, and workable solutions

  • AHRQ will help hospital sustain changes (12 months):

  • Technical assistance via biweekly phone meetings with two hospital QI specialists
  • Access to learning network via monthly 1-hour Webinars with SMEs and other participating hospitals to share experiences, challenges, and workable solutions
  • Collection of baseline and post-implementation data to support the ongoing evolution of the implementation efforts

  • How to apply


    We are accepting applications from hospitals that can benefit from this project. To be eligible, your hospital must:

  • Have leadership support and a team to drive the project
  • Be able to commit the staff time and resources to participate fully in training, implementation, and sustainment
  • Provide data as requested

  • If your hospital would like to be considered for this project, please complete the application form available at: xxxxx.

    To learn more about this initiative, please contact XXXX. We will offer an informational Webinar in the near future. To participate, please contact XXX by [insert date]. We look forward to hearing from you!