Involving patients and families in efforts to increase their safety and enhance their experience in hospitals has been disrupted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, facilities are re-engaging efforts to better include patients and families in their quality improvement process.
Patients and families can actively participate in the pressure injury prevention and care process by conducting skin inspections, practicing self-turning, and participating in mobility programs. They can contribute to HAPI improvement initiatives, such as sharing stories and participating in rounding. However, patients need to be educated on their diagnosis and risk of developing pressure injuries. The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) brochure is one of many educational tools that can be provided to patients and families during their hospital stay.