Preventing Hospital Acquired Pressure Injury
A pressure injury (also known as a bedsore), can result from pressure caused by prolonged immobility or devices secured to skin. They are also referred to as “skin breakdown,” and usually occur on the buttocks, heels, and elbows. Not only is skin breakdown uncomfortable for the patient, but it can also lead to infection and other undesirable outcomes.
How Do We Continuously Improve?
Our skin breakdown reduction program includes state-of-the-art beds, an effective daily skin assessment, a prevention program, and early post-surgery ambulation. Additionally, a wound care committee was formed to employ best practice by utilizing the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) education on pressure ulcer development.