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Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are areas of damaged skin and underlying tissue caused by staying in one position for too long. They commonly form where bones are close to the skin, such as the back, heels and hips. A patient who is bedridden, uses a wheelchair, or is unable to change position is at risk.

Pressure ulcers are slow to heal, so prevention is our focus. A comprehensive program for prevention of pressure ulcers was begun in 2011. The program uses evidence based best practices. Nursing leadership combines with patient care unit champions and focuses on how to identify patients at risk for pressure ulcers, implementing evidence based prevention protocols, evaluating new equipment and products as they become available, promoting interdepartmental collaboration, providing extensive education and numerous other measures all aimed at preventing pressure ulcers.

What are we measuring?

The number of pressure ulcers that occurred while the patient was in the JFK Hospital or Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI).

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What is our performance telling us?

The graph above shows the sustained success of our program and a substantial decrease in the number of hospital acquired pressure ulcers since 2011. This is an ongoing program and we are committed to keeping our focus on protecting our patients from pressure ulcers.

What can you do to prevent pressure ulcers?

While you are in the hospital and in bed you should turn from one side to the other at least every two hours. Your heels should be elevated so they are not resting on the bed. When you are in a chair you should shift your weight at least every two hours. You may also sit on a pillow.

The nursing staff will check your skin to look for signs of pressure on the skin.

Whether you are at home or in the hospital, you are at risk for developing a pressure ulcer if you:

Here are some of the things you can do to prevent pressure ulcers:

Below is a link to the National Library of Medicine health information website. Click the link below for additional information.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000147.htm