Reducing pressure injuries

Pressure injuries (used to be called pressure ulcers) have a detrimental effect on patients’ health and wellbeing.

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Our DHB pressure injuries pilot

In April 2014, a Pressure Injury pilot project started on wards M14, M16 and OPR4 as these areas have patient at high risk for developing pressure injuries.

The aim of the pilot is to:

  • Have no stage 3 or 4 hospital acquired pressure injuries.
  • Reduce the incidence of hospital acquired pressure injuries by 10% based on data for the previous 12 months.
  • Reduce the prevalence to 6%.

This will help avoid long hospital stays and improve the patient experience.

An evaluation after six months shows:

  • There have been no stage 3 or 4 hospital acquired pressure injuries
  • 10% reduction of incidents was not achieved however this may be due to the fact that there is greater awareness in the pilot wards and this has resulted in increased reporting.
  • Last month’s prevalence was 0%. Given the small number of patients audited this figure fluctuates significantly and will give a more accurate result when prevalence audits are done organisation wide. 

The pilot has been successful in working towards the aims, and the intention is that it will be rolled out across the DHB during 2015.