Quality Improvement Initiative Results in a Decrease of Hospital-Acquired Truncal Pressure Injuries

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Truncal hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) develop as a result of immobility, physiologic events, and other factors. Support surfaces are essential in HAPI prevention, by offloading, reducing shear, and providing microclimate control.

This white paper, sponsored by Stryker, maker of IsoTour support surfaces, describes the evidence-based efforts of a Penn State University hospital to prevent HAPIs in the medical-surgical setting by using a quality improvement (QI) initiative and standardized support surfaces. The QI initiative was successful, with a 44% decrease in truncal HAPIs and an estimated cost savings of $290,120.

Wound care professionals will be inspired and encouraged by the simplicity and success of this QI initiative, which significantly reduced the incidence of HAPIs.

This white paper discusses the following topics:

Evidence-based guidelines for HAPI prevention
Advanced technology in pressure-redistributing support surfaces
Interprofessional collaboration in HAPI prevention
Staff education on standardized support surfaces
Results of the QI initiative
Clinical implications of the successful results

Sponsored by Stryker

Truncal hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) develop as a result of immobility, physiologic events, and other factors. Support surfaces are essential in HAPI prevention, by offloading, reducing shear, and providing microclimate control.

This white paper, sponsored by Stryker, maker of IsoTour support surfaces, describes the evidence-based efforts of a Penn State University hospital to prevent HAPIs in the medical-surgical setting by using a quality improvement (QI) initiative and standardized support surfaces. The QI initiative was successful, with a 44% decrease in truncal HAPIs and an estimated cost savings of $290,120.

Wound care professionals will be inspired and encouraged by the simplicity and success of this QI initiative, which significantly reduced the incidence of HAPIs.

This white paper discusses the following topics:

Evidence-based guidelines for HAPI prevention
Advanced technology in pressure-redistributing support surfaces
Interprofessional collaboration in HAPI prevention
Staff education on standardized support surfaces
Results of the QI initiative
Clinical implications of the successful results

Sponsored by Stryker

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