Use of an intervention bundle to eliminate pressure ulcers in critical care

J Nurs Care Qual. 2011 Jul-Sep;26(3):216-25. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31820e11be.


Nursing staff chose to eliminate hospital-acquired pressure ulcers in their intensive care unit through implementation of an intervention bundle. A bundle of 7 interventions (pressure ulcer bundle, PUB) was developed through review of current evidence. After implementation, quarterly hospital-acquired pressure ulcer rates decreased and continued to remain below 1% throughout the year, and the goal of no pressure ulcers was met for 2 months. The PUB interventions have potential for use in a variety of settings where there are bed-bound patients.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / statistics & numerical data
  • Pressure Ulcer / epidemiology
  • Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control*
  • Skin Care / nursing*