HIIN Webinar April 13, 2017 – The CMS quality initiative program, called the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Pressure Ulcer Prevention Project is sponsoring this webinar. Both Nancy Tomaselli, President & CEO, Premier Health Solutions, LLC and Pamela Jakubek, Clinical Nurse Specialist, from Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA serve on the Advisory Council for this project.
Although much progress has been made in the prevention and the treatment of pressure ulcers (PUs),1 they are still a common problem for patients. Pressure ulcers are more likely to occur in patients who are critically ill; patients who have had a prolonged surgery, a stroke, or a spinal injury; and frail elderly patients and individuals using wheelchairs in long-term care settings. In intensive care settings over the past 10 years, PU prevalence ranged from 4% to 49%.2 Also in the past decade, patients with surgery-related PUs had an incidence of 15%, with 95% confidence intervals (CI) 14%-16%.3 For patients who had a stroke over the past 10 years, the PU prevalence ranged from 17% to 28%.4 In long-term care settings, again over the past decade, the prevalence of PUs ranged from 3.5% to 16.9%.5-7
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