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Reduction of the Incidence of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers – A Case Study from a Medium-Sized, Not-for-Profit Hospital

by DeFeo, Joe; Ralston, J. Er

Abstract: A medium-sized, not-for-profit hospital had hospital-acquired ulcers developing at an 18% incidence rate. Compared to the national benchmark of 7%, the amount of pressure ulcers occurring at this level was costly and unacceptable. Identifying and addressing root causes led to a 13.1% reduction in incidences in 18 months and a 72% reduction in costs. By the conclusion of the project, the incidence rate had dropped to 2.1 percentage points below the national average.

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