Pressure ulcer prevention
Pressure ulcer prevention - The problem
HAPU occur most commonly in the ICU (12-42%)1, with the rate of interoperatively acquired HAPU ranging from 12% to 66% in surgical patients. These pressure ulcers are caused by intense, prolonged and unrelieved pressure, resulting in damage to skin and underlying
The sacrum is generally reported as the most common location for pressure ulcers, with an incidence rate in acute care settings of 31%3. The heel is typically reported as the second most common location4,5. Medical device related pressure ulcers are a growing concern6.