Pressure Ulcers

Long-term care resources about pressure ulcers

Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care
Each year, more than 2.5 million people in the United States develop pressure ulcers. These skin lesions bring pain, associated risk for serious infection, and increased health care utilization. The aim of this toolkit is to assist hospital staff in implementing effective pressure ulcer prevention practices through an interdisciplinary approach to care.

On-Time Prevention of Pressure Ulcers
This report describes the results of the project "On-Time Quality Improvement in Long Term Care," which was designed to reengineer the nursing home's workflow processes around pressure ulcer prevention and integrate health information technology into those processes.

On-Time Pressure Ulcer Healing Project
The On-Time Quality Improvement for Long-Term Care Program is funded by AHRQ, generally in collaboration with a State Department of Health, a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), or a trade association, to improve nursing home care.

Current as of March 2013
Internet Citation: Pressure Ulcers. March 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/long-term-care/resources/pressure-ulcers/index.html