Despite improvements in pressure injury prevention in many healthcare facilities, pressure injuries continue to affect approximately 20% of all patients in acute care environments.

A pressure injury is an injury that commonly develops in a patient who remains in one bodily position for an extended period of time. These wounds are extremely painful and can lead to permanent disabilities, and in extreme cases, amputation, organ failure, and death. A serious injury can cause extensive destruction of muscle, tendon and bone. The problem is not restricted to acute care either. More than half of all injuries occur in long-term care situations.

Research and expert opinion are unanimous in stating that the overwhelming majority of facility-acquired pressure injuries can and should be prevented. Simple procedures for preventing injuries, presented in the EPUAP/NPUAP International Pressure Ulcer Guideline released in 2009, are clearly outlined.

The financial burden on healthcare providers is significant with the UK spending 4% of the annual national healthcare budget on prevention and treatment of pressure injuries every year. The US is estimated to spend an approximated $18 billion every year on patients who suffer an ulcer. Nurses are considered to be at the forefront of preventative success and key to reducing both the cost of the wound to healthcare providers and improving the patient experience.

Experts are generally optimistic that the goal of eradicating needless pressure injuries in all healthcare environments can be achieved through successful prevention strategies and comprehensive clinical guidelines.

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ArjoHuntleigh supports Stop Pressure Injury Day (StopPIday) globally. Join in StopPIday and help us increase the awareness of pressure injuries amongst the public and healthcare professionals. ArjoHuntleigh partnered with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and Wounds Australia hosted a webinar to support Stop Pressure Injury Day 2016, 17 November. Click below to watch the recording video. 

StopPIday 2016 Webinar Video

 

Sources: NHS (2010). NHS to adopt zero tolerance approach to pressure ulcers, National Patient Safety Agency, http://www.npsa.nhs.uk/corporate/news/nhs-to-adopt-zerotolerance-approach-to-pressure-ulcers/
Moore, Z. (2011). A randomized controlled clinical trial of repositioning, using the 30° tilt,- for the prevention of pressure ulcers, Journal of Clinical Nursing
Shoker, H. (2010). Taking the Pressure off NHS Resources: Walsall Hospital’s NHS Trust Pilots ArjoHuntleigh’s Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Outcome Assessment, ArjoHuntleigh Getinge Group