Pressure Injuries

Hospital-acquired Pressure Injuries

According to a recent U.S. study, 4-8 percent of all inpatients will develop hospital-acquired pressure injuries.  In addition to pain and the risk for serious infections, pressure injuries result in increased length of stay, readmissions and $2.41 billion in excess healthcare costs.  The attached Safety Action Bundle provides a collection of the best evidenced based practices and tools to help healthcare organizations reduce the occurrence of these events.

Measure Definition Sheet

AHRQ PSI #03 Specifications (Updated June 2018)

Getting Started

Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Quick Reference Guide

AHRQ: Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals

IHI: How-to Guide: Prevent Pressure Ulcers

NPUAP: Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice and Guideline

WOCN: Guideline for Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers (Injuries)

WSHA Toolkit


NPUAP: Pressure Injury Staging Illustrations

NPUAP: Pressure Injury Prevention Points

NPUAP: Best Practice for Medical Device-Related Pressure Injuries Posters

NPUAP: Pressure Ulcer Root Cause Analysis Template

NPUAP: Support Surface Standards Initiative- Terms and Definitions

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