Organizations maintained over 60% drop even amidst COVID-19 pandemic
A collaborative project to address hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI) has resulted in more than a 60% reduction in a common but preventable issue that claims over 60,000 U.S. lives each year. Led by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, the improvement initiative — including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital — saw these significant reductions sustained even as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated in the United States.
The project launched to identify solutions to prevent and reduce the rate of pressure injuries, also known as decubitus ulcers or bedsores, in health care facilities after seeing that HAPI were rising nationally. Experts estimate more than 2.5 million patients in U.S. acute-care centers experience pressure ulcers and injuries each year. Because pressure injuries are a significant risk for immobile patients, the country is experiencing a