What institutional steps can be taken to reduce the prevalence of pressure injury (pressure ulcer)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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In a study assessing the results of a long-term acute care hospital’s program to reduce the occurrence of pressure injuries, the hospital traced its apparently above-average ulcer prevalence rates to the lack of wound care professionals, methods for consistently documenting prevention and wound data, and an interdisciplinary wound care team approach. [176] By addressing these issues, the hospital was able to reduce the prevalence of facility-acquired pressure injuries from 41% to an average of 4.2% over a 12-month period.


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