## What is the prevalence rate for pressure ulcers on the unit?

Other studies have reported the rate of pressure ulcers as 3% to 22% in hospitalized patients, 2% to more than 20% in nursing homes and 14 to 44% in ICUs(3). These suggest that pressure ulcers are significantly more frequent in ICUs than in medical and surgical wards.

What is the prevalence of pressure injuries?

Pressure injuries of the skin and soft tissues affect an estimated 1 to 3 million people in the United States each year.

### What is the national benchmark for hospital acquired pressure ulcers?

The new baseline of 99 HACs per 1,000 discharges was established and calculated for 2014 to monitor the progress of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) goal to reduce HACs by 20 percent from 2014 to 2019.

What is the estimated prevalence of pressure ulcers among nursing home residents?

Pressure ulcers are serious medical conditions and one of the important measures of the quality of clinical care in nursing homes (1,4). From about 2% to 28% of nursing home residents have pressure ulcers (2,3).

#### How do we measure our pressure ulcer rates and practices?

PREVALENCE measures the number of patients with pressure ulcers at a certain point or period in time:

1. The numerator will be the number of patients with any pressure ulcer (count for both any ulcer and Stage II or greater).
2. Just count patients, not the number of ulcers.

What does a Braden score of 20 mean?

The Braden Scale uses a scores from less than or equal to 9 to as high as 23. The lower the number, the higher the risk is for developing an acquired ulcer or injury. 19-23 = no risk. 15-18 = mild risk. 13-14 = moderate risk.

## What is the mortality rate for pressure injuries pressure ulcers )?

As many as one third of hospitalized patients with pressure injuries die during their hospitalization. More than half of those who develop a pressure injury in the hospital will die within the next 12 months.

What percentage of pressure injuries are preventable?

95 percent
It is estimated that 95 percent of all pressure ulcers are preventable. Prevention rather than mere treatment of established ulcers remains a top priority in the effort to reduce the incidence of this common, complex and difficult problem.

### How many pressure ulcers occur each year?

2.5 million people
Each year, more than 2.5 million people in the United States develop pressure ulcers. These skin lesions bring pain, associated risk for serious infection, and increased health care utilization.

Why are pressure ulcers so common in nursing homes?

The main cause of bedsores among seniors is nursing home neglect. Elders are at a higher risk of bedsores if they cannot easily move on their own. Bedsores typically develop when someone cannot reposition their body over a long period of time. Without movement, the skin loses blood flow and eventually decays.

#### How do Cnas prevent pressure ulcers?

Nursing assistants do many things to prevent patients and residents from developing pressure ulcers, including repositioning, observing, providing good skin and perineal care, changing wet and soiled linens and clothing promptly, and encouraging exercise.

How pressure injury is measured?

Count the number of patients who were admitted to your unit during that period. Divide the number of patients with a new pressure injury (of any stage) by the total number of patients admitted. Divide the number of patients with a new Stage 2 or greater pressure injury by the total number of patients admitted.

## What is the prevalence rate of a pressure ulcer?

Prevalence Number of patients with a pressure ulcer Divided by Total number of patients (on unit or in facility) Times 100 = % 19 Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Rate Numerator

What is the NPUAP ulcer staging system?

CONCLUSIONS The NPUAP Pressure Ulcer Staging System was refined, beginning with the change in terminology from pressure injury to pressure injury in order to include soft tissue injury without ulceration (Stage 1 and DTPI).

### What is the new pressure ulcers monograph?

Released in November 2012, the new 254-page, 24 chapter monograph, titled Pressure Ulcers: Prevalence, Incidence and Implications for the Future was authored by 27 experts from the NPIAP and invited authorities and edited by NPIAP Alum Dr. Barbara Pieper.

How to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers at your Hospital?

Make sure each care plan is tailored to meet an individual patient’s pressure ulcer risk factors. A targeted approach will reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers at your hospital and improve the quality of patient care. 33 Care Plan Issues