Pressure Ulcers And The Acute Care Unit : Making A Change

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Pressure Ulcers in the Acute Care Unit: Making a Change
In 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they would not be paying for any additional cost incurred for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (Cooper, 2013). Pressure ulcers continue to be problem for health care organizations, despite their aggressive move to eliminate them in the health care setting. Furthermore, the acute care units pressure ulcers occurrences continues to be one of the most underrated problem that has a major impact on patient outcomes as well as reimbursement of care. Acute care patients are at a higher risk for developing pressure ulcers than other patients within the hospital. Primarily due to the fact that patients are hemodynamically unstable, from the use of vasopressors, the use of life saving devices, population age and other health issues. Health care must continue to place emphasis on the prevention of pressure ulcers in order to reduce co-morbidities and ensuing costs. The aim of this paper is to discuss the cost of pressure ulcers, multiple risk factors associated with the development of pressure ulcers, to show one acute care unit’s current practices to decrease pressure ulcers, look at evidence-based interventions, then to propose a change in current practice to reduce the number of pressure ulcers.
Effect of Pressure Ulcers
Pressure ulcers have a direct effect on patients and health care organizations. These effects will be discussed below, first looking…
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