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Are 95% of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers avoidable?

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Are 95% of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers avoidable?

Dawn Royall, Fiona Downie, Heidi Guy, Pauline Gilroy, Sarah Davies
17 September 2013

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%.

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