Pressure ulcer prevention
Pressure ulcers – The problem
Hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) occur most commonly in the ICU (12-42 percent)1, with the rate of interoperatively acquired HAPU ranging from 12-66 percent in surgical patients. These pressure ulcers are caused by intense, prolonged and unrelieved pressure, resulting in damage to skin and underlying tissue2.
The sacrum is generally reported as the most common location for pressure ulcers, with an incidence rate in acute care settings of 31 percent3. The heel is typically reported as the second most common location4,5. Medical device related pressure ulcers are a growing concern6.