The skinny on hospital acquired pressure ulcer prevention

The skinny on hospital acquired pressure ulcer prevention

Neck tenseKudos to each of the eleven hospitals units that participated in the Q3 2012 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) pressure ulcer study on 9/12. A special shout out to our wound care, ostomy and continence nurse, Michelle Perkins BSN, RN, WOCN, for all of her work in educating the units on pressure ulcer prevention; to Anne Marie Pessagno, our Clinical Directors, Charge Nurses, and Nurse Educators for their leadership; and to the many dedicated “nurse surveyors” who diligently examined patients from head to toe from the NICU to the CCU in search of pressure ulcers.

True to Ben Franklin’s proverb, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, all the efforts that went into preventing hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU) prior to the survey, resulted in finding only one on all eleven units!

Our goal is to continue to sustain our success in reducing hospital acquired pressure ulcers. We are confident that we will be successful by continuing to focus on the basics of pressure ulcer prevention:

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Starting next month, we will revitalize our Pressure Ulcer Collaborative Group with monthly meetings which will focus on sharing of strategies and evidence based practice interventions to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Michelle Perkins at

-Cathaleen Ley, Ph.D, RN

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