Preventing device-related pressure ulcers: using data to guide statewide change

J Nurs Care Qual. 2012 Jan-Mar;27(1):28-34. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31822b1fd9.


Data collected through Minnesota's mandatory statewide reporting system indicate that prevention of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers continues to be a challenge, particularly for patients who require the use of stabilization collars or other immobilizers, respiratory equipment, orthotics, and tubing. This article describes the process of identifying a pattern of device-related pressure ulcers through statewide pressure ulcer reports and developing a set of recommendations for prevention.

MeSH terms

  • Equipment and Supplies / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Minnesota
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Pressure Ulcer / etiology
  • Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control*