Journal articlesReducing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers: the business case for purchasing new technology

Reducing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers: the business case for purchasing new technology

07/11/17 | Pressure Ulcers, Service delivery | Sonya Loi

There is considerable variation in the way pressure ulcer prevention and management are handled within individual organisations. In an effort to improve efficiency and make cost savings, an NHS Trust identified processes that could be simplified, reviewed its equipment contracts and assessed new technology to reduce hospital-acquired pressure ulcers. The decision was made to downgrade existing contracts to cover decontamination and maintain old equipment and to purchase hybrid mattresses, which it was estimated would prevent 17–39% of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, returning cost efficiencies of £740,100–£1,694,29. Taking into account the cost of the downgraded contract, this could realise a cost saving of £1,400,731.50 over 7 years and enable the Trust to achieve its pressure ulcer reduction targets.