A pressure ulcer or bedsore is an injury to the skin or underlying tissue usually over a bony protruding area of the body. Pressure ulcers can range in severity from minor skin reddening to deep wounds. Factors that cause pressure ulcers are unrelieved pressure on the skin, or slight rubbing or friction on the skin. Interventions to prevent or quickly treat pressure ulcers can reduce the cost of care and significantly improve quality of life for those affected.
Goal: By September 27, 2018, a 20 percent reduction in hospital-acquired pressure ulcers