Injuries to the skin and tissues underneath, such as bedsores and ulcers, can be caused by prolonged pressure.
They most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, including heels, ankles, hips and tailbones.
At UVA, we have identified best practices for preventing pressure injuries, including making sure patients move more often. We’ve made these steps part of our “standard work,” which means consistently following them with every patient.
We compare ourselves to the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI), a Press Ganey database that measures HAPI (formerly known as Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers, or HAPU) at more than 1,100 hospitals in the United States.
NDNQI divides the number of patients with pressure injuries by the total number of patients in the hospital.
This count is taken one day every three months. A lower number is better.