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Preventing Device-Related Pressure Ulcers: Using Data to Guide Statewide Change

Apold, Julie MA; Rydrych, Diane MA

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.

Patient Safety, Minnesota Hospital Association (Ms Apold); and Division of Health Policy, Department of Health (Ms Rydrych), St Paul, Minnesota.

Correspondence: Diane Rydrych, 85 E 7th Place, Ste 220, St Paul, MN, 55164 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted for publication: July 1, 2011.

Published online before print: August 5, 2011.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.