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Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers: 3.6% rate overall

The rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers in 2010 was studied based on data from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators on a total of over 700,000 patients at over 1,400 U.S. hospitals.  There are all sorts of interesting findings.  There was a difference found in the frequency of pressure ulcers between types of hospital units:

  • 8.1% critical care units
  • 3.7% step down units
  • 3.1% medical units
  • 2.6% med/surg units
  • 2.4% surgical units

Interestingly, there was also a difference found according to the season — with the rate being higher in the first quarter (winter).  There are comparative data on the frequency of different types of pressure ulcer prevention strategies.  The article also provides data on RN hours per patient day and RN skill mix by type of unit for this large sample of hospitals.

Source: Bergquist-Beringer, S., Dong, L, and others.  Pressure ulcers and prevention among acute care hospitals in the United States.  The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety;39(9):404-414, Sept. 2013.  Click here for access to journal issues: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/jcaho/jcjqs;jsessionid=82ujoc1etw2u.victoria  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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