November 18, 2021
World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day raises awareness and education about the importance of pressure injury prevention.
The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality estimates that more than 2.5 million individuals in the U.S. develop pressure injuries annually, and medical management of pressure injuries costs the U.S. health care system $9.1 to $11.6 billion per annum. Even more significantly, 60,000 people die yearly from pressure injury complications.
Objectives for World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day include:
The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel has developed an extensive media materials package appropriate for all health care settings and organizations which are available on their website, including a brochure to educate patients and caregivers about pressure injury prevention.
HAP has been working with Pennsylvania hospitals to decrease the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure injuries. Through the use of evidence-based protocols, targeted education, and the development of individual action plans for rapid improvement, hospitals have the advantage of this time-tested collaborative program.
For more information about pressure injury prevention in your organization, contact HAP’s project manager, Janette Bisbee.
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