Best Practices to Prevent Medical Device Related Pressure Ulcers!
Pressure ulcers cost the US healthcare system more than $11 billion dollars annually. With over 1/3 of those costs associated with medical device usage, clinicians, manufacturers and purchasing have a unique opportunity to implement a coordinated strategy to reduce or eliminate these ulcerations.
Medical device related pressure ulcers (MDR-PU) are unique due to their development away from the traditional bony prominences seen with other pressure ulcers. In addition, they are much more likely to be identified at a later stage of development (74%)2, increasing treatment costs (Avg: $10,700)11 and length of stay (adding 4-10 days excess LOS)5.
In order to assist acute care facilities in reducing the clinical and financial burden of these events, we have identified the key components of a risk mitigation protocol. This includes interventions from clinicians, modifications of purchasing processes and partnerships with medical device manufacturers to build in risk mitigation from the outset. Implementation of these protocols may help reduce the cost and incidence of medical device related ulcers.