Who is Susceptible to a Pressure Injury?

Pressure injuries are a growing healthcare concern. As the only hospital acquired condition (HAC) whose incidence has increased from 2014-20171, healthcare facilities are putting more attention and resource behind skin safety teams to assess and prevent the problem. Preventing pressure injuries isn’t always straightforward, however. We need to understand how and where they’re occurring, and many teams need to come together for prevention. Dr. Holly Kirkland-Kyhn, Director of Wound Care at the University of California Medical Center, partnered with 3M to share her ground-breaking work in pressure injury prevention in a video series. In her research, Holly pointed out 3 key indicators common to patients at risk of developing pressure injuries: low blood pressure, comorbidities such as diabetes, and time spent in the operating room. Among the more surprising findings was that the rate of hospital acquired pressure injury (HAPI) was 2%, whereas the rate of community acquired pressure injury (CAPI) was 8%.

We realized we needed to do more for patients in our community.

With that in mind, Dr. Kirkland-Kynh points out that more people are at risk for pressure injuries than we may think. Really, anyone can get a pressure injury. Dr. Kirkland-Kynh has built a strong pressure injury prevention program at UC Davis Medical Center based on her research1. Watch her first video for insights on who may be susceptible to a pressure injury and look for more in the series to come focusing on creating pressure injury prevention programs.

 

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