Quality Improvement Using Support Surfaces Effectively Decreases the Incidence of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries
Hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI) impact 2.5 million acute care patients in the United States every year. These injuries are considered a high cost to treat for facilities. They increase hospital stay, create chronic wounds, and decrease patient quality of life. In addition, by implementing evidence-based guidelines, patient bed technology may reduce HAPI in the ICU setting.1,2
Researchers at Bon Secours Southside Medical Center monitored HAPI occurrence in the adult intensive care unit (ICU) and the adult cardiovascular ICU (CVICU), which included 28 beds. The goal of this research was to analyze the effectiveness of Stryker’s Isolibrium at reducing HAPI rates in at-risk patients. Using air pod technology, the Stryker Isolibrium and ProCuity ZMX bedframe can redistribute pressure. By effectively relieving pressure off patients’ most vulnerable areas, the Isolibrium support surface can rotate the patient laterally up to 40 degrees, assist with mobility protocols, and help reduce pulmonary complications. Stryker’s Procuity ZMX bedframe supports the Isolibrium technology by promoting early mobility and helping to prevent pressure injuries in the ICU setting.
1. Padula WV, Delarmente BA. The national cost of hospital-acquired pressure injuries in the United States. Int Wound J. 2019 Jun;16(3):634-640.
2. Kayser SA, VanGilder CA, Lachenbruch C. Predictors of superficial and severe hospital-acquired pressure injuries: A cross-sectional study using the International Pressure Ulcer PrevalenceTM survey. Int J Nurs Stud. 2019 Jan 1;89:46-52.
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