Hospital acquired pressure injuries (HAPI) continue to be a patient safety concern, as they can result in chronic wounds, extensive hospitalizations and as many as 60,000 deaths annually. In addition to safety, HAPI have a financial burden to the health care system, with an estimated cost exceeding $26.8 billion per year in the United States. Although many HAPI are preventable, all patients are at risk and should be assessed utilizing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach. Recognizing that one of the largest gaps in care is the admission comprehensive skin assessment, WSHA is committed to partnering with our members on this patient safety issue.
The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) is a leading international organization dedicated to the prevention and management of pressure injuries. From 9-10 a.m. PST Dec. 11, 2019, the NPIAP will offer the webinar titled: Dilemmas in Staging with speaker Joyce Black, PhD, RN, FAAN. The cost is $45, and we encourage you to enroll, reserve a room at your facilities and bring your wound care teams to learn from NPIAP’s past president. Following the webinar, we invite you to share one key takeaway that WSHA can help to partner with you on in pressure injury prevention. The full event details are available online.