Journal articlesAre 95% of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers avoidable?

Are 95% of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers avoidable?

18/09/13 | Assessment and diagnosis, Pressure Ulcers, Research, Service delivery | Fiona Downie, Heidi Guy, Pauline Gilroy, Dawn Royall, Sarah Davies

Are 95% of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers avoidable?In 1987, 1988, and 1998, Hibbs asserted her hypothesis that 95% of pressure ulcers (PUs) are preventable. But until recently, few UK healthcare organisations have collected data on PU incidence – or the avoidability or otherwise of the damage. In 2012, NHS Midlands and East launched a campaign to eliminate avoidable grade 2–4 PUs by year end. Five hospitals within NHS Midlands and East pooled data collected between April 2012 and March 2013 on hospital-acquired grade 3–4 PUs and found the percentage of avoidable PUs to be less than half Hibbs’ figure of 95%.