What is a pressure ulcer?

 A pressure ulcer is an injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually in places where a bone is close to the skin. Pressure ulcers can be caused by friction, or long periods of uninterrupted pressure. 

Why we measure the number of pressure ulcers:

Children who are not mobile, who are undergoing certain procedures, or who use certain medical equipment or devices as part of their care have a higher risk of developing a pressure ulcer.

How we measure:

The number of pressure ulcers that are Stage III, IV, and Unstageable per 1,000 patient days. Each day that a patient is in the hospital counts as one patient day.

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What we are doing to improve:

  • Making sure staff follow best practices to help prevent pressure ulcers
    • Developing new treatments for pressure ulcers related to certain devices
    • Making sure staff specially trained in wound care review each possible pressure ulcer to ensure appropriate treatment

What can families do to help prevent pressure ulcers?

    • Talk to your child’s nurse about what might put your child at risk for a pressure ulcer. Things like moisture, pressure, friction, a medical device, or not being able to move can increase the risk of pressure ulcers.
    • If you are able, help us change your child’s position often.
    • Let a nurse know if you see any red areas on your child’s skin, or if you see your child laying on tubes or other medical equipment.