Nursing Best Practice Reduces Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers in the Medical Intensive Care Unit Public

Twenty-two patients had a pressure ulcer develop while in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) during a 6-month period (April 2010-September 2010). Using a shared governance model, the MICU practice council initiated a campaign to reduce our hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) to zero. Staff education, promotion of best practices, and increased awareness of the individual MICU patient who acquired a pressure ulcer each month influence the focused skin care our nurses delivered at the bedside. In effect, these actions had a direct impact on HAPU reduction in the MICU.

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